You decide the quality of your new year

Posted 1/6/19

To The Editor:Have you ever made a New Year's resolution like so many others over the past 4,000 years? Now, the harder question: Did you keep it?Resolutions are deceptively simple to make: lose …

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You decide the quality of your new year


To The Editor:

Have you ever made a New Year's resolution like so many others over the past 4,000 years? Now, the harder question: Did you keep it?

Resolutions are deceptively simple to make: lose weight, save money, exercise more and pay off credit card debt.

By mid-March or April, most of us have returned to our old habits. We have gained back the 10 pounds we lost and have made a few more unnecessary charges on our credit card.

If this sounds like you, do not feel discouraged. Approximately 45 percent of the population makes New Year's resolutions, but only an astounding 8 percent are successful in keeping them. 

Even though these statistics sound very discouraging, I think it is worth another try.

We could change our thought process when developing this year's resolutions. We could devise resolutions that will help us in designing a more meaningful life, a purposeful life that will not only benefit ourselves, but others as well.

Sure, it might not help with the weight loss desired, but it will certainly not increase the debt on our credit cards. If successful, we will gain something far more valuable.

• Family: Be kind to them and make time for them. If there is a family member with whom your relationship is incomplete or flawed, try repairing that relationship. If possible, try developing a trusting and meaningful relationship with that family member.

• Friendship: With our fast-paced lives, friendships often taken a back seat to other responsibilities. This year, try investing time in one true friendship.

• Commitment: No matter how small the thing, just find one item to focus on that will be a step in your self-improvement journey, and then commit to accomplishing that in the upcoming year.

• Pay it forward: Repay an act of kindness that you received from someone. Whether you do this once or you do this daily, it will make a positive change to someone's day.

• Forgiveness: This is an amazing quality to develop, whether it is learning to forgive yourself or to forgive others.

• Laugh: This one is sure to lighten up daily things. Make it a point to laugh or to make someone else laugh. Healthy humor lifts people's spirits.

The year is yours. What will you do with it?

Happy New Year!

— Angela Wilson-Crielaard

Old Fort


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