Who really needs a New Year’s Resolution?
I have never had success with those things. I can will myself to do most anything, but when it comes to a New Year’s Resolution…I have always failed. Is it the pressure?
I had the same NY Resolution for 10 years. Quit chewing my nails. Nothing ever happened. I could never stop chomping, picking, and destroying them when a glimmer of nerves hit. No matter how much I willed myself to quit, I would crack when stress came. Getting in trouble. An exam. A tennis match. A triathlon. A bicycle race. Wearing a yellow jersey in a bicycle race. It was nerves. It was habit. It was awful. I tried everything. Manicures, Tabasco…both of which now I adore…Nothing worked.
Then, I broke my pelvis and hit my head. Really hard. And BAM. I don’t chew my nails anymore? This may be a coincidence. It may be due to the increased volume of calcium and Vitamin D I have been intaking, but I think good things can come out of every situation. We can plan and goal set all we want, but at the end of the day, it sometimes just takes a little hit on the head to rearrange things. To make you think about something differently. To broaden your horizon. To make your nails suddenly look unappetizing. To realize your potential.
I sure hope no one has to suffer with such an extreme head knocking as I did, but I also hope we don’t get caught on making our purpose about a resolution. Take small steps. Look for the positive outcomes out of bad situations. Stop chewing your nails. Will I still pick at them? Absolutely. But just give me some time, or another year.
I hope 2011 brings many laughs, blessings, and love. I don’t need a New Year’s Resolution for that. I need a new year. Thank the Lord we are all still here, entering another year, 2011.
Now…what color for that next manicure….