I used to be all, “Stupid New Year. Stupid New Year’s resolutions. This day is no different than any other day…” But then, I grew up. Time and experience will tell you that you can try to swim upstream and deny that something should be what it appears to be but that doesn’t change what it seems to be. In other words, if it quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, it probably is a duck. You and I know that lives don’t change on January 1st. But we also cannot deny that with the changing of a year, we innately begin to evaluate the last year and dream of what we would love to change.
Call it culture, call it wrong, call it whatever – it still happens. Even when we push back against it, we give it more evidence that it is true. So why fight it? Why push against it? Instead, why not embrace it and take a moment to think about the last 12 months. And if you are that zealous that we should not wait until the new year, that we should not make resolutions, then take these tips and practice them every day. When the sun goes up and when the sun goes down. Try it and let us know how it goes.
- When you wake up, ask yourself, “Who do I want to be today?”
- When the sun goes down, ask yourself, “Did I do everything today that I wished?” If this were my last day would I be happy with how it went?
- While you are going about your normal, take a moment and be thankful for what you have, for your normal no matter how not normal it may seem.
- While you are around people ask yourself, “Am I being the best me to them?”
Most New Year’s resolutions are wrapped up in regret or desire for something better. Why not take that look right now? Why not take that look every day? Maybe the next new year will be more of a celebration of success instead of a launching pad for change. Who knows?
James wrote, “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”
Doug Burrier © 2017