Still Resolved about Your Resolutions?

Still Resolved about Your Resolutions?

For many of us, the New Year brought not only the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” scenes of couples hugging and kissing in 2014 and watching the ball drop, but the starting of our New Year’s resolutions, commitments we will, we say, stake our life on that we will keep. Well, keep at least until the next week.

Now that we are into that next week, how many of us have kept up those resolutions? If it was exercising, have we already dropped the ball, so to speak, on our commitment? Have we already indulged too much?

My resolutions on New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Accept that we are all going to come up short at some point(s) and in some way(s). Life happens and changing any habit is hard and works against our own internal hardwiring.
  2. Establish resolutions that are realistic. If we realize the realizable, then we can celebrate that and commit to even go further.
  3. Recommit to our resolution(s), if we aren’t able to see them through initially. Learn from our setbacks, don’t let them prevail.
  4. Don’t wait until the beginning of the year. If you have a thought about a new behavior or action now or down the road, commit now to make those changes.

Yes, And...Last year, I forgot to set up any resolutions until mid-January. At that point, I started journaling each day, something my wife had been suggesting I do for maybe 20 years (slow learner, huh?). On December 31, I had finished daily journal entries for the remaining 350 days.

In late March, I added a new resolution: do a daily gratitude list of at least 10 things specific to that day for which I was grateful. What a gift to look at all of the blessings in each day, and what a profound change in my perspective to go through those days. All it took was a small notebook, a pen and several minutes at the very beginning or the very end of each day AND the willingness to commit to it.

I’ve added to writing daily spirituality readings from such books as Mother Teresa’s Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations from Servant Books, and Franciscan Media Books Sisterhood of Saints: Daily Guidance and Inspiration by Melanie Rigney and Father Richard Rohr’s Yes, And…: Daily Meditations.

Sisterhood of SaintsFor me, New Year resolutions are, at their best, an opportunity to make a concerted effort to be a better me, to become someone or take on some practice(s) that can help me be a more loving, giving, caring, God-centered person. And believe me, I can us any vehicle – resolutions or anything else I can use – to help me in that life effort.

A new year: 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes, time to consider new directions, goals and actions.

What are you resolving to do this year?

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Revelers kiss during New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York’s Times Square Dec. 31, 2013. (CNS photo/Carlo Allegri, Reuters)


About the Author

Mark Lombard, director of the product development division, has worked throughout his career in Catholic publishing. He is married, a father of two and a grandfather of two. Mark is an avid jazz lover, traveling with his wife to catch jazz performances throughout the East Coast.