December 28, 2015
In a few days, we welcome 2016. This is the week many of us make New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, get that degree, start a relationship, end a relationship, fill-in-the-blank. Then after a few weeks, many of our good intentions seem to vaporize in the ongoing-ness of life as we know it and we get this “I’ve-been-here-before” feeling. That’s when we understand clearly Albert Einstein’s definition of “insanity” – “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
“Different results” are always within our reach if we stay awake for the opportunity to change course, and examine our habits and reflexes before we respond with the “same thing.”
History doesn’t repeat itself; the opportunity for history to repeat itself repeats itself, and if we make a different decision at that same opportunity, we make a different history.
Resolving ahead of time to be mindful of now, helps us manage events and focus our energy and intent. That’s when we change the “doing” part of Einstein’s quote and move into a history we intend.
Here’s to Mindfulness: A New Year’s resolution we can keep.