January 2009 - Resolutions for My Journey in 2009

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The new year of 2009 ushers in an era of change, both good and bad. The good news is that we have a new President — Barack Obama -- a smart and dynamic African-American who promises to bring change to America. His presidency inspires pride, optimism, and hope. Yet, in this exciting era of change, we're in the midst of an economic recession.

The bad news is that people's finances and futures are in shambles.   Millions of people have lost their jobs and millions more worry that they will be next. The mental health professionals report that many Americans are experiencing insomnia, depression, and anxiety.  The things that we once took for granted are quickly changing or disappearing, and our social safety nets seem to be full of holes.

Given this seismic shift in those things that we have come to rely on to make us feel safe, accomplished, and worthy, I thought it would be worthwhile to reflect on those things that you can do to create peace and well-being in your life.  Since health and wealth are so closely connected, I went back to a column I wrote in 2007, which received an overwhelming number of responses—it touched many people. I'm pulling this article out of archives to share and reflect on a message that I think is timeless and will help you to focus on what really matters---a healthy spirit and a life well lived, whether or not you have material wealth.    I make these same resolutions for 2009—a time of change, uncertainty, and optimism.

Resolutions for My Journey to Wellness in 2009

Like so many of you, I too have made a list of resolutions for the New Year. Rather than creating a long list of the same old things (i.e, lose weight; get more rest; exercise more, etc.),  I decided to focus on some simple--but important-- resolutions that I think will bring a healthy balance to my life, based on some things that I have come to learn or appreciate over the years.

In 2009, I resolve that :

  • because I appreciate the importance of a healthy body, I'm going to nourish my body with nutritious food;
  • because I understand the importance of a healthy and satisfied soul, I'm going to nourish my soul by indulging (not over-indulging) in dessert and fine wine without remorse or guilt;
  • because I understand that tomorrow is not promised,  I'm going to celebrate getting older, because all things considered, it's better than the alternative.
  • because I understand that physical strength is a gift that can be easily taken away by accident or illness, I'm going to strengthen my body with exercise;
  • because I understand that a healthy body and a healthy soul are necessary to navigate life, I'm going to strengthen my soul with dedicated time for prayer and meditation .
  • because I understand that love is a powerful healing agent, I'm going to tone my arms with repeated hugs of those I love.
  • because I've learned that growing older really is wonderful, I'm going to tone my facial muscles with more laughter and forget about plastic surgery;
  • because I truly believe that life is a journey of lessons, I resolve to go the distance, learn the lessons, and enjoy the journey.

Wishing you good health, good friends, and good fortune on your "journey to wellness" in 2009!!

With you on your Journey to Wellness,
Dr. Mary S. Harris

If you'd like to share your new year's resolutions, please comment below.  I enjoy hearing from you!!


0 Charles Stewart 2009-01-09 16:29
Thanks for this article to start off the new year. In addition to the points you listed above I'm committed learning more about diseases that run in my family (diabetes and heart failure) and lifestyle changes that will reduce my risk. As always I look forward to many more issues of Journey to Wellness
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0 shirley simmons 2009-01-08 13:46
I love yur resolutions and have served as a reminder to me of just how important it is to take time to take care of myself! Thanks for providing s wealth of information to help me in my journey to wellness.I have placed a link on my website so that the visitors to my site may enjoy the wealth of information that you have to share.
All the best for a fabulous new year!
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0 charles 2009-01-07 23:15
my better-half has the destructive diease MS and I hope you may have some positive words for her..
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0 Vanessa Stewart 2009-01-05 18:47
This is an excellent article. Thank you, as usually Dr. Harris, you put your finger on the root. I will keep all of the above in mind as I successfully journey into 2009.
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0 Lileen 2009-01-05 14:57
Thank you so much for sharing your Journey to Wellness, Dr. Harris. My Journey to Wellness includes many of your goals, plus, I feel my spiritual and emotional health play a big role in my physical health. So I resolve to grow spiritually and build upon my relationship with God. I resolve to grow emotionally, learning to live each day to its fullest, love myself and others, and be all I can be.
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