One of the biggest reasons that I don’t like setting resolutions is because they seem so . . . resolute. Definitive. Unwavering.
I don’t care for definitive and unwavering decisions because that doesn’t allow for fluidity and change. I prefer setting intentions. I’ve made a commitment to share some of my intentions as we move through the year.
I heard a great example of an intention that someone set and it really intrigued me. I’ve always loved reading so I easily adopted the intention of reading one new book each week of the year. Of course, even the statement alone conjures up many questions.
How many pages? Are we talking about good ole’ Dr. Seuss books or are we talking about War and Peace? In my head, my intention was reading 30-40 pages a day ~ with an approximate length at 250 pages each book. Of course, this is flexible either way. If I feel inspired to read more or less, perfect. That is why I set the intention rather than calling it a resolution.
Setting an intention allows for fluidity and flexibility. When I set an intention, I keep my mind open to seeing how it fits and works into what I am already doing. In my opinion, adding in something that becomes a chore to do, does not add value and therefore has no place in this beautiful life I am co-creating.
One of the follow up intentions that I set regarding reading a book a week was to write a summary and share it with you each week. I am definitely committed to writing and sharing a summary after each book. The reason, I add value first and foremost to myself and then hopefully to you as well. Because I read a lot, I am often asked what book I am reading at the moment.
Where are we going with all of this, you ask?? I wanted to share this information so I could follow up and say that I broke my intention. Or did I? I started my year off with a book (which will remain nameless until I share my summary) that I was really excited about reading. This book is only 211 pages and ‘should have been’ easy for me to get through in my first week.
Well, no excuses. I didn’t get through it in the first week. The fact is that I KNEW I set the intention to read a book each week and I also KNEW that I set the intention of being flexible to see how it fit into my calendar. As it turns out, I feel like a book every two weeks seems more realistic. I have also found that depending on the book, I may breeze through much quicker. In fact, I have two books on my list to re-read this year just so I can get the value added of reading them again AND because I’m excited to share a summary with you!
Do you have a book you’ve been excited to read? Or do you have a book you’ve read and really enjoyed? I love to hear your thoughts and recommendations. I have 51 more books this year . . . or is it 25 more books . . . or 12 . . .