2010 Is Rarin’ To Go…Are You?

© 2010 Kristin Conroy

It’s the New Year.  A time to get all those resolutions you put on paper into motion!  Some popular ones are:

  • getting back into shape (or start) after over a month of indulging
  • putting a stop to destructive behavior or less-than-helpful habits
  • organizing/re-organizing your life
  • learning something new
  • upgrading your view on life
  • making your priorities…well, priorities

I think some of us love the idea of a New Year because it’s as if our slate is wiped clean, it’s a fresh start–the whole year is ahead of us, bursting with possibilities.  I think some of us overachievers dread it because we’re planning to do a re-modeling project on every aspect of our lives…all at once.  I used to belong to both parties, but this year, I’m affiliated with only one.  And that’s the one that’s psyched for 2010!  Why no anxiety?  Because I have a different strategy, which is to do a little work on myself at a time, but do it continually throughout the year.  Kind of like cleaning your house a smidge every day–a counter here, a sink there–instead of having to spend a whole, overwhelming day trying to summon your inner Mr. Clean when it gets unbearably disgusting.

Maybe another resolution to add to our lists is being kind to ourselves (not to be confused with easy on ourselves).  And remember that when we take a step backward, it’s just that–one step–and it only takes a tiny step forward to get us walking (or possibly skipping?) in the right direction.  I’m going to think of this quote by Robert Brault when things aren’t flowing the way I’d hoped:  Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha. And who doesn’t enjoy a good cha-cha?!

Here are some more quotes I’m loving for their thought-provoking and motivating messages.  I hope they inspire you to joyfully and courageously march into this New Year!

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.

~Little Gidding II, T.S. Eliot

The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.

~G.K. Chesterton

Photo by K.C. © 2010 Kristin Conroy

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.

~Henri Bergson

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

~Barack Obama

Photo by K.C. © 2010 Kristin Conroy

For the human mind is seldom at stay:  If you do not grow better, you will most undoubtedly grow worse.

~Samuel Richardson

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

~James Baldwin

In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

~Eric Hoffer

© 2010 Kristin Conroy

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

~Pablo Picasso

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

~Epictetus

© 2010 Kristin Conroy

Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now.

~Jonatan Mårtensson

Contemplation often makes life miserable.  We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.

~Nicolas de Chamfort

Great ones, right?  Feel free to share any quotes that are inspiring you right now or what you are hoping to accomplish in 2010.  I’ll be doing the same in future posts.  Let’s rock this New Year, shall we?!

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7 thoughts on “2010 Is Rarin’ To Go…Are You?

  1. Donna Sonkin says:

    Kristin!
    I loved these posts – you are WONDERFUL, have a great writers voice –

    thanks for giving people permission to staddle both worlds of taking the pill and NOT taking the pill – being gentle , chill with yourself , listening to your bodies needs 🙂

    thanks also for the New Years quotes and post – it is a time to wipe clean all of the past year and not let the new year overwhelm us by doing too much – I like your thinking – a bit here , a counter there, a few minutes on this task and so on.

    sending you much love for a successful 2010!
    xoxo,
    -Donna

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  2. Paul says:

    These quotes are inspiring they say strong and obvious truths that most of us ignore “we ARE active participants in our own lives we and we alone are manning the helm of our individual live” each of us has the ability to find our inner happiness. There are always going to be storms its how deal with them that allows us to feel in control of our lives or not

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  3. Shanks says:

    What a great start! You have so much energy in your voice when you write! I can’t wait to learn more!!!
    Oh and I LOVE the photos by the way!

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