Thanks to student affairs colleagues and the #sachat community, I’ve discovered the one word resolution movement. While I will always have smaller goals for myself each year, I really like the idea of settling on just one word to help define my year and what I’d like to accomplish.
As a perfectionist, I’ve frequently fallen into the trap of feeling immense pressure and guilt about the way I spend my time. I think that someone could be out there is doing the “new hire hustle” better than I am, someone is working harder than me in my fitness classes, I’m spending too much time in front of the TV. So my first thought for a one word resolution was about enjoying life more: enjoy, engage, presence, celebrate.
After contemplating several great words out there, I’ve settled on the one word that was there all along. Something completely different. Good.
I’ve been told that good is one of the least descriptive words in the dictionary and one of the worst responses to the question, “how are you?”. I am here to advocate for being good and doing good. To me, good doesn’t mean that I want to “do a good job at work” or “eat food that is good for me”. Thankfully, my job provides me with the opportunity to take being good to a higher level. I help students find volunteer opportunities in their communities. I find speakers, local businesses, and activities that inspire students to become changemakers on both small and large scales. I provide students with opportunities to reflect and engage with each other around the topic of service learning. While espousing the importance of doing good, I thought it would be important to really take on the cause for myself as well.
Aside from doing good in my work, I am taking on the personal challenge of incorporating it into all aspects of my life. Whether that means volunteering at a soup kitchen on my own time, writing more blogs like this about social causes or inspirational leaders, or performing random acts of kindness for my friends and family members – it can be anything. My hypothesis for this challenge is that going the extra mile to do good will actually improve other areas of my life as well. 2013 will really be my year if doing so much good actually dissipates the guilt and pressure that I place on my own shoulders.
So there it is: good. Let’s do good together.