It’s day one of a bright new shiny year. Representing a clean slate and the possibility of the start of a better way of life. One with more joy, contentment and fulfillment. We resolve to let go of our bad habits and adopt healthier, more altruistic and time effective ways of getting through everyday. It’s a good feeling to know that we have this power to change and ..boy, do we! But be kind to yourself. It’s far better to change something small than to overestimate your limits and be simmering with self loathing by March having long thrown the towel in. Make small changes in your life that make you happy. If you do only one thing this new year resolve to make time for that things that bring you happiness, I mean real deep down contentment- not fleeting excitement, and the rest will fall into place. For me that happiness comes from living a hands-on, creative life, connected with the natural world. Taking the time to leave my computer monitor to tend the garden, walk the sea shore, experience birdsong, the breeze on my face and the smell of gorse flowers. These are all perfectly achievable and more productive to my wellbeing than the cyber dawdling I so frequently get drawn into. So my resolution will be to dedicate more hours a week to outdoorsy pursuits. If you don’t know what makes you happy resolve to make 2013 the year you find out.
If you are reading this the chances are that your green conscience has already been pricked. So what have you resolved to change this year? If we all change something small for the better of the environment, our combined effort will have noticeable results. No matter how meagre that promise is, whether to recycle more, buy more local produce, reduce your use of chemicals, take up knitting…. I guarantee it all makes a difference. As I write this the sun is warming my back, luring me outside. Starting as I mean to go on I will finish up my ramblings here but before I go I wish you and yours a very happy 2013!