Resolutions for the New Year

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Maybe a better question would be, do you fulfill your resolutions? If you are like most people, your intentions are good, but the follow through can be a little dicey! LOL… Well, you are not alone making New Year’s Resolutions, as lots of people do. It’s not a new tradition you know?

Image result for collection of yard toolsArchaeologist and historians tell us that the practice of making resolutions as a part of the New Year celebration began some 4,000 years ago with the Babylonians! In fact, the two most popular resolutions then, sound awfully familiar to us today! They were to pay off outstanding debts and to return all the items/tools they had borrowed from friends during the previous year! Both still sound good!

However, a few years ago, former First Lady (and one of my all time favorites!) Barbara Bush gave a commencement address which also could serve as a good New Year’s Resolution for all.

“As important as your obligation as a doctor, an attorney, or a business leader will be, you are a human being first! Thus, those human connections with spouses, your children, even with friends are the most important investment you will ever make! At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or closing one more deal! You will regret though, the time NOT spent with your spouse, your child, a friend, or your aged parents! Our success as a society depends not on what happens in the White House, but rather, on what happens inside your house!

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So, no matter how young or old you may be, why not make a New Year’s Resolution right now to keep our priorities right this coming year? In fact, why not do more than just MAKE the resolution, why not take action upon it? This week, take action on your resolve and spend some quality time building precious relationships with the people you love?

Remember, you are never too old to be kind to someone in need. You are never too old to give a warm smile to someone a little depressed or blue. You are never too old to say an encouraging word to someone struggling with life. You are never too old to whisper a prayer for a loved one. You are never too old to lift up someone and remind them how special they are to you AND to God, their Creator. You are never too old to admire God’s creation at sunrise and/or sunset. This much is for certain, you can NEVER go wrong doing good to your fellowman. A smile, a kind word, an uplifting spirit – all are easy to do and can have eternal consequences!

Think about it this month as you stay “On The Bright Side”!

Stay “On The Bright Side”
In February
“You are never too old to set another goal,
Or to dream a new dream!”

C.S. Lewis