Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Adding, Not Subtracting by Patricia Forsythe

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  Six days into the new year is about as long as mine usually last and that’s because they almost always involve subtracting things like sugar and unnecessary carbs, which are hard for me to leave alone.  All it takes is for a piece of chocolate to wink at me and I’m a goner.
This year, I’m changing my strategy because I think 2016 might be a little rough, it being an election year and all.  I’ve decided to add things that will improve my life rather than subtract unwanted ones as I've done in the past.

This is a partial list since I haven’t thought of everything yet:

Fearlessness – I recently read a quote that said ‘Everything you want is on the other side of fear’ and I think that’s true.  Fear is the ugly enemy of fulfillment and happiness.
Joy – It’s so easy to get stuck in worry and despair, but joy is always as close as a sunrise, a blooming flower, or a giggling baby – or online cat videos.  Those are pretty joyous.
Creativity – Although I’m creative every day while writing books, sometimes it’s not much fun wrestling with plot, characters, and emotions, even though the end result is rewarding.  I want to find a creative hobby like painting or jewelry making where I can unleash creativity and maybe silence my inner critic long enough to enjoy making something new.
That’s it so far.  Pretty slim, isn’t it?  But I have to start somewhere.
How about you?  Anything you want to add in 2016?



  1. I like joy. I think I need more joy!

  2. I'd like to add peace...peace for myself, and peace for everyone. There's just not enough of it these days.

  3. Patricia, what a great list. I'm not one for making resolutions, but I like your idea of adding good things to my life.

  4. Love this idea, Patricia - let's make this a year of adding more! Definitely more joy!