Been down so long that is seems like up,
I took it now I’ve had enough
Of the life that I’ve been livin’
It feels so cold this far away
So Today I will make a change
I will make a change today
Purge my mind of mud and mire
Cast all my gods away
I am brand new today, I make my resolution
– OC Supertones
Like most people who make New Year’s resolutions, I usually fail to keep them the whole year. I think there is part of me that struggles with the idea of an annual commitment when I know that most of us are not likely to succeed in keeping them. To be honest, I don’t really like the concept of a New Year’s resolution. Why do we wait for one day of the year to commit to doing something to improve our lives or the lives of others? How much better would the world be if we treated everyday like New Year’s Day?
Now to some the idea of a new resolution everyday may seem flawed. What is the point of only keeping a resolution one day? Does it become obsolete the following day when we make a new one? Can I have the same resolution 2 days in a row? Is it possible to work on more than one resolution at once? Wow, this is complicated… or is it? What if we all decided each day to do something out of the ordinary? Buy a co-worker lunch, send a handwritten note of thanks, send home flowers for no reason, or maybe do something nice for a friend anonymously.
Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid. Author: Albert Schweitzer
What would happen if a group of people came together to work on a collective resolution? What could a church, small group, community or a whole city accomplish? How much easier would it be to keep our resolution if we had someone to walk beside us and encourage us and we encourage them in return?
So what is my challenge? There are many personal goals that are worthwhile and worthy of me pursuing. For some people it is to quit smoking, eat healthier, or exercise more. These are all important and I would encourage everyone to look at any lifestyle changes that are going to improve your health. However, there is a longing inside of me to do something that is external and would mean more to those around me, maybe even in my own home. This is the year that I hopefully take that giant step and move outside my comfort zone and follow through on my own resolution.
Like taking a photograph to help us remember a special moment or place, a resolution can be a way to help us remember to make the world better than we found it.