New Year’s Resolutions? Most people make a few. But how many of us keep those heartfelt personal promises made on New Year’s Eve? My colleague, Don Ingwerson, writing for the December 30, 2015 edition of the Redlands Daily Facts, shares some inspiring ways to stay on track with our highest motivations and aspirations this year. Here’s Don:
You kept Thanksgiving from being overshadowed by Black Friday; gratitude and family ties triumphed over excess consumerism. Then you cherished the deeper meaning of Christmas and kept the Christmas spirit alive. Love, peace and charity became the best gifts to give and receive.
But what about your New Year’s resolutions?
What I’ve found is that making resolutions can be tricky, especially when you’re trying to meet them all by yourself. It can become an exercise in futility.
Resolutions are more easily met and mastered with the support and cooperation of family, friends and others — or, best of all, by leaning on a deeper, divine power.
Indeed, the resolutions I like to focus on are not the ever-popular behavioral changes per se — such as dieting or need for exercise — but are related to the underlying spiritual issues that affect how we behave.
There’s a quote in the Bible that really clarifies for me why looking beyond just our physical needs in this way is important. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul wrote: “… physical training is of some value but godliness has value for all things holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
Instead of just changing my life or body for the better, my goal is to make the kind of lasting difference in myself that orients me more to wanting to help others and therefore, I hope, to make the world just that little bit better.
And what are my resolutions?….