Highly Sensitive People: Can You Use More Positive Resolutions?
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Highly Sensitive People: Can You Use More Positive Resolutions?

Being the highly sensitive person that I am, who has introverted and social anxiety characteristics, I know the importance of having a positive mindset.  I would like to share a New Year’s tradition started by the late Pauline Phillips, (Dear Abby, a syndicated newspaper columnist for many years), who had a list of New Year’s resolutions called Just for Today that was adapted from the original credo of Al-Anon.

Just for today– I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday of obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.

Just for today– I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

Just for today– I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those that I cannot.

Just for today– I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.

Just for today– I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those that cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly and not interrupt when someone else is talking.

Just for today– I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.

Just for today– I will do something to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit. And I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it’s only around the block.

Just for today– I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.

I definitely related to:

I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.

I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.

I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those that I cannot.

I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought, and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.

I like the idea of doing these things just for today and everyday. Which ones resonated with you? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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