I have never liked the term “New Year’s Resolutions.” I think it’s because “resolution” is too close to “resignation” for my liking. Recently, a friend was talking about setting New Year’s Intentions. Intend–it sounds more proactive to me. More like a thing that is in my power, as opposed to approaching goals resolutely, with trudging, druding resignation. This year, I noticed a tendency in my daily life that bothered me. I stay too long in negative states of mind. Even as recently this week, I deleted two tweets–the first time I’ve actively nixed something because I felt like it was too negative. The tweets were just little notes of frustration about a project I’m working on, but those pings affected me through The Force. I stayed frustrated far longer than I needed to. I was wasting time that I could have been problem solving, or just resting and refilling my well. When I typed these things I was doubly reinforcing the negativity I was experiencing at the time instead of just letting it roll over me like storm clouds over the plains. It’s okay to be angry. To be frustrated. But I don’t want to live there. I want, instead of programming my subconscious to look for sources of negativity and frustration, to intend positivity and the best possible outcome. I see my husband or some of the sunnier people in my life doing this and it’s incredibly inspiring. The worst that can come of it? I am hoping for the best outcome in anything I do. The best that can come of it? Well, the best! So I’m setting an intention this new year to let the sun shine in. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth the work–and my life will be better for it.