2022 New Years Resolution from Jodi Danis
Well, it’s almost a wrap on 2021, and I cannot wait for this year to be over. Although 2020 was difficult on many levels for my family, 2021 brought with it even more challenges and personal loss. My father passed away just days before Thanksgiving, so my “what I am thankful for” reflection for our Nov. 30 Chanukah issue was understandably absent. Although my grief still feels raw a month later, I wanted to find something meaningful and positive to share as I pondered my resolutions for the New Year. Rather than the typical goal to lose weight or get in shape, I have aimed my focus inward instead. Here is what I hope to accomplish in 2022:
To find more contentment — by being kinder to myself and more forgiving of my flaws. By surrounding myself with those who bring me up, not down. By discovering ways to embrace more creativity and spirituality in my life.
To remember gratitude — although I’m always thankful for the many blessings I have, the pandemic has fueled that appreciation even more. My family, my job and my friendships sustain me and should never be taken for granted. This past month alone has truly shown how many people out there love and support me through both good and bad times. I am so very grateful for that.
To spend more time with loved ones — time has never felt as fleeting as when you watch your parents age and your children leave the nest. This year I hope to plan more trips and get-togethers with those dearest to me, find reasons to celebrate even the smallest things in life, and explore new ways to make lasting memories.
Whether these goals will be fully achieved remains to be seen, but I certainly plan to give it my best effort. Cheers to 2022! Wishing everyone a year ahead filled with much joy, love, health and wonderful memories.
Jodi Danis is the business manager for the Atlanta Jewish Times.