Renew yourself – it’s not just about you

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves so that we don’t become stick-in-the-muds” – Goethe

It’s already January 9th, 2016.

The new year is a little over a week old now – I wonder how many people have already broken their new year’s resolutions?

Before the ball dropped in Time Square, my inbox was already littered with countless articles trying to persuade and guide me into making this or that resolution in the coming year. Needless to say, I deleted them all before ever reading them.

Why you might ask? While I’m sure the writers had some interesting things to say, I don’t believe in making resolutions every 1st day in January.  But you certainly can’t ignore the start of a new calendar year.

So on that 1st day of January I say “thank you” that I’ve been able to live to see another year, and that many cherished family and friends are still here to share in it with me.

And while I wouldn’t say that I necessarily “resolve” to do any one thing, I do promise myself that I will not waste the life I’ve been given with trivialities and things of insignificance. It’s something I try and practice each and every new year and I seem to get a little better at it with age.

I guess one could say that I do make a kind of resolution for the new year – one filled with personal reflection and rejuvenation that doesn’t just benefit me, but those around me as well.

Maybe that’s the kind of resolution that sticks – one in which you can understand the need for change, not just for yourself, but for everyone you encounter. Assigning such importance makes it incredibly difficult to break a promise.