Well it’s that time of year again. A new year symbolizes a time for a new start and the time honored tradition of making a New Year’s resolution.
This practice of making resolutions to start the year has been around for centuries. The Babylonians started the practice but probably resolved to return borrowed farm equipment instead of getting more exercise. The Romans continued the practice looking for forgiveness from their enemies – not a bad resolution even today.
I’ve made resolutions through the years with various degrees of success. Some years I’ve made ten or twelve resolutions, which is not a good idea. Basically, I resolved to become a new person and who can be successful trying to accomplish a complete make over? Other years I’ve made no resolutions or more likely, “My resolution this year is to make no resolutions.” Isn’t that creative?
I can’t count how many years I’ve resolved to stop biting my fingernails, obviously with no success; but I have had successful ones as well. For example, I’ve resolved to use fewer paper products. This may seem lame, but it makes a small difference. I’ve also resolved to drink less soda. Notice I didn’t say, “drink NO soda”. That’s just setting myself up for failure. Other successful resolutions have been to read more, watch less television, let my hair grow, spend more time with my mom. I can still improve on most of these, but I’ve made progress.
Making resolutions don’t have to be made at the beginning of the year. In fact, my Mom’s Monday Memo resolution, a successful one, was made in May after Mother’s Day. However, a new year symbolizes a new start so it’s a good time to think about a change you’d like to make.
This year, my resolution is to lose weight. I’m sending each of you an email with my goal so you can hold me accountable – since I’ve failed to do this in the past. Next year when we get together at Christmas, I’ll weigh in and hopefully we can celebrate my success.
I hope you’ll make one resolution for 2013. There’s no reason to share it unless you feel it will motivate you. Remember, you don’t have to be perfect everyday. I know I’ll gain weight some weeks, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse to give up. It’s just a set back, not a blown resolution. I’ll start new the next day. Change doesn’t come easy, but with conscious effort, you can make your resolution a part of a new you.
Happy New Year!