One at a time
A brand new year has started, and while this is only the beginning, it’s a good bet that an age-old tradition has already taken place — those new year’s resolutions made just yesterday have probably already fallen by the wayside.
Don’t feel sad, because people have been making and breaking resolutions for more than 4,000 years.
If this is the reality of these early-January promises, why then is Jan. 1 such an important date to benchmark our short-comings?
History has left a psychological need to renew our lives come Jan. 1, but does this make it the only time we should be looking at improving ourselves?
The truth be known is that Jan. 1 is probably the worst time of the year to be promising yourself to drop weight, quit smoking, become more fit, or being more friendly to those around you.
We are just coming off almost a month of over indulgence in various aspects of life, whether it be eating, drinking, friendliness or a mish-mash of naughtiness. Guilt has built up, and we are looking to improve — a true set-up for failure.
Maybe spring would be a better time. We are months past the rush and bustle of the Christmas season, and a rebirth is blossoming all around us. Plants are coming to life, birds are returning, and most people are in a more relaxed and clearer state of mind.
There’s energy abound that could keep minds and hearts more interested in a self-improvement project.
Seems like a more logical time of year than during dark, cold, dreary days of winter, when there’s more aspects of daily life, such as weather, road conditions and too much time indoors, already dragging us down.
Well, if you don’t like spring as a time to make those resolutions, why not try an even more simplistic approach — one which will surely have its share of success and failure, but for most will produce more satisfaction than disappointment.
Instead of making one, two or three major resolutions on Jan. 1, try an approach where you wake every day with a resolve to be better than the day before in your daily activities.
Yes, 365 attempts, and an extra one in a leap year, at accomplishing one resolution. Failure, if it occurs, lasts only a short time, and each day brings an opportunity for success.
Here’s all the best to everyone in 2014. Hope it’s a good year.