Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tradition and Intention

Southern folklore has it that cabbage and blackeyed peas eaten on the first day of the new year will bring health, wealth and good fortune.
I'm not a superstitious person, but I am a southern girl, so I stuck with tradition.
It's also tradition for people to make resolutions at the beginning of the new year.
But today I read an article that talked about resolutions versus intentions.
Simply put, a resolution is something you have to figure out, whereas an intention is a purpose held in mind.
Our intention creates our reality.
Wayne Dyer
It is my intention to eat healthy, to walk as often as possible,
and to focus on peace, balance and simplicity every day.

Wishing you a healthy, happy, peaceful day.


  1. I read an article similar to that recently. Wonder if it was the same one? :)

    I love the idea of focusing on intentions rather than resolutions. For me the word resolution has a negative connotation.

  2. brilliant intentions! I am not making resolutions as they always get broken within weeks! maybe I will consider my intentions.
    all the best x

  3. More important cabbage is full with vitamins and very good indeed for one's health!
    As for new year resolutions - I never make them. I give my best to fulfill my dreams if in the frames of the 'possible' . I believe in the self-imposed maxim that it is better to have one thing fulfilled than thousands planned and none realized.

  4. Hi Tammy....Those intention sound absolutely right on! Loved them. Susan

  5. Those are great intentions, and very similar to mine. I will get back to my 4 day a week exercise program at the YMCA. Eat healthy, which we do (with the exception of these holidays), and WALK more, and not just the dog.

    I grew up on blackeyed peas, but didn't know the New Years tradition. Also love cabbage and cornbread. Looks like a feast to me.

  6. Then your intentions are excactly like mine!

    I was writing today about peace in mind and being grateful of what I have in life instead of dreaming about all I don´t have. To enjoy the simple everyday life.

    And of course our intentions will come true. :)

  7. Well, I forgot about the black eyed peas dish again....I've never done it so now I have to wait another whole year. I'm not from the South originally so maybe it wouldn't help me anyway! LOL!
    So far so good this year! Wishing the same for you!

  8. I stick with the traditions, too... peas and greens... And, I like the idea of intentions v. resolutions. Yours are admirable... wishing you all the best in 2013. Happy New Year! blessings ~ tanna

  9. Beautiful thought -- intention rather than resolution. And thanks for reminding me to finish the Wayne Dyer book I'm in the middle of! Happy New Year!

  10. A Happy New Year of health, happiness and prosperity. I love you "intentions" ... think I would like to adopt them as well. Blessings to you and your family.

  11. Wonderful! I rarely make resolutions because I feel I am a work in progress. I change as I go, challenging myself and adjusting my attitude to become a better person. I love that we have become friends through our blogs. I hope you and your family have a truly wonderful 2013!


  12. Hi Tammy,
    I agree with our thoughts, how well put!
    hope you are having a good week❤

  13. Those are great intentions you have for the year. Wishing you success.

  14. Hmmm... intentions versus resolutions, duly noted my dear. Your writing inspires me. I am going to wait a couple of weeks to recuperate fully and then morning walks are definitely in for me. For a start...let me see where that leads. Maybe I will actually lose a few pounds this year :)

  15. Hi Tammy,
    Love the quote and also what you pointed out about intention vs. resolution. I have never made resolutions - don't believe in them because I know that 99% of the people break them. But intentions.... I like that much better and that makes sense! :)

    Happy New Year,

  16. I never thought of that! And now I am thinking why did nt I think of it before. Intentions are what really matters. So true and thank you for reading the article and sharing!
    Take care! :)

  17. I am with you on all of these things. Bring it on!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  18. Wonderful intentions. I whole heartily agree!

  19. Hi, Tammy! Wishing you to make your intentions work:)
    tradition is good when it's healthy and brings you joy :)

  20. Dearest Tammy,
    You made me feel guilty as we did NOT eat black eyed peas... Forgot even about them. But never mind, with the same intentions as you just wrote down here, we started this new year. We don't need wealth but good health is far more important.
    Hugs to you,

  21. I never make resolutions, but your intention theory is great.

  22. So much said in a small quick post! Tammy.... I too dont make resolutions for New Year. They soon get broken. We are human after all. But at times they do remind us and give us that momentum to stick to something when we are reminded that we had made some relolutions. The positive side of making resolutions. I liked your idea of intentions. I too intend to walk REGULARLY. One break and it goes for a toss. Have to restart my walks. You have reminded me to brave the winter in the mornings and go for my walks:)

  23. Dearest Tammy, I am certain that you can put your good intentions into reality!
    Happy New Year!
    Thank you so much for your good wishes!
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    Lots of hugs from Rusty Rose Traude

  24. Good intentions and thank you for helping the cats. Hugs, Deb

  25. Hi Tammy,

    Hear, hear! These definitions of resolution and intention are indeed, very true. Very interesting and timely post! I couldn't agree with you more: peace, balance and simplicity - true intentions for a meaningful life.

    Wishing you a happy, healthy 2013,


  26. I like keeping with traditions too:) I love your intentions for the year, they are good ones, ones that will fill you with peace and contentment:)


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