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New Year Resolutions, why do we make them?
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share this fabulous article with you. Ed Chinn is a fellow Texan and a noted author (read the credits at the end of this article). If you've not yet made your new year resolutions, I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.
by Ed Chinn
Have you noticed that the dead of winter is not the most ideal time for making a great change in life?
The weather tends to keep us somewhat immobile (most people don't jog when it's 14 below zero). Our bodies capture and stockpile calories, making weight loss more difficult. In fact, the whole rhythm of life seems to be in a downbeat of hibernation. The release of new life in the spring would seem to be a more ideal time for change.
Yet, making resolutions for an improved life is a January 1 ritual for most people. I suppose one reason is because, no matter how many years roll by "January" always marks the border to a new beginning. In that sense, each year trips back to zero. Start over.
I believe the larger reason is found in our human need for a clean slate. We all yearn for a brand-new and pristine condition. Humans, regardless of their culture or value system, carry an intrinsic need for forgiveness and a new beginning.
So, an annual "starting gate" reinforces the ideal of forgiveness and renewal. This is my time for rejuvenation! We see it as a time to shed our old skin (often that is very literal . . . weight loss is the number one New Year's resolution).
Throughout my years and careers, I have carefully observed different approaches to life. In fact, watching people navigate change is almost an obsession with me. So, I have learned some things about New Year's resolutions. I hope these "travel tips" will be helpful if you make resolutions.
One year from now, your life will encompass new experiences (some painful, some delightful), new friendships, new opportunities and challenges and new ideas. Whether you are religious or not, most of those will flow from your God-designed destiny. They will, in a sense, "invade" your life from outside yourself. Most will not be the result of any creative "blueprints for change" which you designed or initiated.
Therefore, the best resolution for any season of life is simply to get in sync with the higher rhythms and reasons of your life. Contemplate the path which seems illuminated by God's purpose and favor. His plans are unique for each individual; He never seems to operate according to conventional wisdom or tradition (remember that Red Sea thing? That was not only brilliant, but He only did it once!).
Finding that deliciously unique and personal path is one of the great challenges and fulfillments of life. As you do, you will also find that a "work list" emerges very naturally out of that path.
Jesus said, "I make all things new." (Revelation 21:5). The real issue is not resolutions for a new year, but finding the state of "all things new." When we do, each year becomes another adventure in letting go of the old and crossing over into the new.
When we know His newness, every day is a clean slate.
Ed Chinn is an organization consultant and free lance writer from Fort Worth, Texas (firstname.lastname@example.org). His work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, OpinionJournalcom and the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Copyright December 2007 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyrights secured.
We all need a "do over" and New Year Resolutions are a great way to do that. Ed Chinn's suggestions for making new year resolutions are, in my opinion, right on point. The desire to make new year resolutions is global and crosses all cultural boundaries.
That being said, some people simply don't make new year resolutions. Why? For some, it's a fear of failure, for others, they hesitate to make new year resolutions because they have given up on themselves. They basically have told themselves "This is just the way I am." I hope that's not you. If it is, make a New Year Resolution to change your attitude toward yourself!
While weight loss may be at the top of most New Year Resolutions lists, getting organized is also a very common goal to set. If you feel you need help with setting and accomplishing New Year Resolutions, check out the other helpful articles on www.straighten-up-now.com.
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Happy New Year!
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