Each year on the first day of January in the U.S., we allow our minds and pens to make a laundry list to conquer the things we need to desperately change. Long ago I stopped making new year’s resolutions, especially when the likelihood of them being accomplished was already on the road to failure. Would the first day of a new year really be a game-changer in the success of my plans for an entire year, if I’m still holding the cards of anarchy and discord? Where’s my strategy? What choices am I making differently? Are those choices realistic? You can’t try to make new changes (at least positive ones anyway) with old habits, loaded with spiritual baggage, connected to toxic relationships and dwelling in an environment that is in a constant state of confusion.
Now because I don’t make new year’s resolutions, that does not mean I lack plans, goals, faith and a lot of hope riding on doing better and living God’s purpose for me, with renewed vigor. I stopped starting on the first day of a new year, trying to make a long-term or short-term list of things to resolve, just because it is a new year.
For 2015, I started making changes in 2014 for greater productivity. So although today may be the beginning of a brand new year, we don’t have a crystal ball to know what lies ahead on this journey. I began preparing for this trip way before January 1, 2015. In other words, there is no need for a new year’s resolution if I lack the will to get rid of those things, situations or people I need to be resolved from. The problem(s) will keep positive change from happening.
With this new year, I look to it with the newness of life on each new day I am blessed to see. I think about the good, the bad, the tragic, the painful and the sorrow that occurred throughout last year and know that such occurrences, albeit on a different scale will likely happen this year. Such is life, but we are not doomed. Not everyone resolves to be a better and more productive asset to our world. That’s on them and that’s a choice they made, as tragic as it is. We all have a choice, but what we do with that choice, be it good, bad or indifferent, will lead to consequences, be it good, bad or indifferent.