Every year towards the end of the calendar year, many of us start thinking of resolutions. We come up with ways for us to potentially enhance our lives by resolving to improve our health by exercising more or eating better. We resolve to improve our relationships with God, family, friends, and even through philanthropic work. Overall, we strive to be a better version of ourselves. Making resolutions seemingly gives us a sense of control, peace, and accomplishment that we put the level of thought into bettering ourselves.
Then the New Year rolls in and we get the New Year started off right by exercising, purchasing “organic” foods, praying three times a day, and making an abundance of phone calls to family and friends weekly, and volunteering every other week at the local soup kitchen or shelter. January passes and so does February. Then March stomps in and you are an exhausted, junk food eating, isolated, limited praying mess. Let’s not even mention the hungry people at the soup kitchen or the ones at the shelter that haven’t seen you since mid-February. Smile!
Resolutions should enhance our lives not act as catalysts in diminishing all that you have set out to accomplish. If you really want to maintain a sense of control, peace, and/or feel a sense of accomplishment, resolve to cut yourself a little slack. Do not invite additional stress into your life that can be avoided. I challenge all of you who make annual resolutions to ensure that your resolutions are attainable and measurable to allow for a sense of accomplishment, control, and above all peace. Also, instead of making New Year resolutions consider life plans. Life plans are ongoing, measurable, and the goal is to attain all that you set out to achieve. Happy New Year!!