Everyone looks the wrong way at this time of the year. They look back over the things we can’t change, instead of what we can change. Although, I suppose that’s what New Year’s Resolutions are for, changing things. Our main focus, however, remains backward. My main goal for the coming year is to look ahead, not back.
What’s behind us is behind us and we can’t change anything about it, except in our heads. What’s the point of that? When we look ahead, we can dimly see where we are going, which is good. By looking back, we clearly see where we have been. I’m not saying that we should never look back, that would be just as stupid as never looking forward.
It’s like driving a car. It’s ok, even encouraged that you check your rearview mirror every so often. It’s good to know where you have been, but if you spend all your time looking at where you have been, you can’t see where you are going. That’s dangerous.
No one can tell the future, but I can make a reasonable guess about what I will be doing today and tomorrow. I can make plans. I’m good at that. So I will make some plans and work my hardest on the follow through. So my only New Year’s Resolution this year is to make some plans and follow through on at least one of them.
The follow-through is the hardest part for me. I will make a large plan, something like clean out the closets. Several of my closets need attention. There’s the front hall closet, my bedroom closets – I have two – and the utility room closet. Therefore, cleaning out the closets is a monumental task – I can’t remember the last time it was done. That kind of task is easy to break down and that’s what I plan to do. I’ll start with the larger of my two bedroom closets, clear them of the clothes either I can’t wear because they don’t fit or that I don’t wear anymore. It’s not so monumental if it is only one closet. I can do the same with the smaller closet.
The other closets are more straightforward. It’s simply a matter of opening them and sorting through the stuff in them. Cleaning a closet is an easy task. Especially as I have planned the jobs. One a day over two weekends, should see it done. This is where follow through comes in. make the plan and do the plan. It sounds simple, but for me, that’s the hardest part because basically, I’m lazy. I’d rather do anything but clean.
That’s why my New Year’s Resolution to follow through on at least one planned chore is so important. If I can train myself to follow through on the plans I have devised, I will have the chores down to manageable sizes in next to no time. So that’s my advice for this nostalgic time of the year. Clean out your closets, donate the usable items, toss the unusable items, go out, and buy more stuff. It will be good for the economy.