A new year often brings the desire to set goals or resolutions for oneself. As the page flips on the calendar, we, too, often experience the desire for a fresh start or a blank slate in areas of our life. For many, these goals and resolutions are inspired by closely held principles, upbringing, or heritage. This year, we selected three resolutions and paired them with coordinating Irish proverbs—making it simple to have a mantra on your way to the goal. Keep these sayings posted in plain sight, and you’ll have a reminder of your resolution throughout the year.
#1 Save Money
“May your heart be light and happy,
May your smile be big and wide,
May your pockets always have
A coin or two inside!”
This proverb simply states it—may you always have what you need in terms of both money and intrinsic happiness. Post the saying to help you remember that will money is certainly not the source of happiness, it is wise to save for a rainy day.
#2 Raise a Glass to Milestones
“May the joys of today
Be those of tomorrow.
The goblets of life
Hold no dregs of sorrow.”
While this resolution may seem like an easy one to keep, the thought runs a bit deeper. Too often we let the big milestones fly by in a busy rush to finish up a to-do list or make things perfect for a formal celebration. This proverb encourages taking the time to pause with good friends and good wine over any noteworthy occasion—be it a graduation, a marriage, or a retirement.
#3 Enjoy The Simple Pleasures of Life
“May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.”
The Irish are often caught in acts of time well-spent. Whether it’s hosting family and friends for their favorite fare, spending an afternoon sipping tea and taking in a classic work, or simply laughing at stories from the past, many Irish seem to relish every moment. Resolve to take the slower course and do the same, noting the simple pleasures of each day.