January 2nd, that’s the day and that means 2016 has proper begun. Happy New Year! I feel the year only starts properly at the 2nd day, because the first day you are either hung over, tired or annoyed haha.
This is also the time that people have their new years resolution all over the interwebs and make promised they can’t commit to. The usual things are: stop smoking, go the gym more often, lose a few kilo’s, do better in school/work and it goes on and on and on…
From my tone you probably can deduct that I’m not really a big enthusiast of this hype, but since I’m addressing you lot, I want to make a few things clear.
In my opinion New Years resolutions are mostly goals you can measure, the achievements are either reached or not. That way of looking into it give you a perspective. For example when you want to lose 10 kilos and at the 31st of december you weigh yourself; 8 kilos lost. That leads to mixed feelings 1) you’ve lost kilos that’s positive, but 2) not enough to reach your goal. The latter feeds your disappointment and that is not entirely fair, because in my opinion you have achieved something good!
Well I decided to look on another level: my resolutions are on a meta level so to speak. I don’t care for the view that yo have to achieve a precise goal or otherwise you have failed. I’m more a supporter of the motto-movement (Don’t know if there is one, but someone has to name it…). I’m turning to myself and look what I can change within myself. You can’t measure it at the end of the year, but if I have the feeling I have grown, ‘Im the happiest soul alive.
Okay, maybe I have a resolution. That is trying to learn more welsh (cymraeg) and to progress with it, for example reading articles online or a newspaper written in Cymraeg. Not only am I somehow attracted to the language and the welshmen, but I do need it too for my studies. If you want to know more about this, just ask me
But as I’m browsing through my Welsh Language course, I came upon the word ‘Diolch’ and I knew from the first moment on; this was going to be my new years motto. But why, I hear you thinking.
Diolch means, according to Wikipedia (I know, not the most reliable source)
diolch m (plural diolchau)
diolch (stem diolch-)
- to thank”
Diolch means thanks, but can also be you used as a form of gratitude. And that’s exactly what my motto is all about this year; being thankful for persons and chances given to me. Sure, I’m thankful for the opportunities given to me, but I want to express my gratitude to the people are their for me. Even when they don’t really help, just letting them know that I acknowledge their effort. But also take the chances given to me, sometimes you just realize you are in a position that not everyone has been given.
I just want to be more thankful and express my gratitude towards people in the coming year, in my opinion it’s great to give people positivity back for what they have given me already. Don’t take everything for granted, but enjoy life as well
‘Ave a good one! – ML