According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a resolution is defined as follows:
“the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.”
“the act or process of resolving: as
- the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones
- the act of answering : solving
- the act of determining…”
I bolded the words I just love in this definition: finding an answer, simpler, and solving.
This definition seems so much friendlier to me than the self-torture goals most of us set in the New Year. Nowhere in the definition does it mention deprivation, starvation, or rigorous workouts.
Yes, this is a good time of year to review what is important to us. It is the time of year to reset and take better care of ourselves. It is the time for long walks, journaling, and meditation.
I hope you will give yourself a resolution for more joy— the answer of creativity.
If you need scientists to tell you how good creativity is for your brain and your health, read Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress, Even If You Kind Of Suck At It.
If you’re waiting for permission and validation to create your art, listen to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast #204. (—And let’s just revel for a moment in her conversation about immersion with Mark Nepo. I think immersion is my favorite word for the year ahead. What will you immerse yourself in this year?)
If you feel that you’re too old to start, read/watch Hollywood Reporter’s Creative Until You Die. (language warning on these clips!).
Instead of “no pain, no gain,” give yourself a resolution that will bring you joy. If one hour a day is too much of a commitment, start small. Try one hour a week or one hour a month. …One hour just for you, to let your brain wander, dream, and solve problems.
Sign up for a class or workshop, write in your journal, set up a creative space just for you.
It’s time to play and create.
Happy New Year.