New Year’s Resolutions
Written by Wally Amos
Are you a person who makes New Year’s resolutions? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. I made some serious resolutions back in 2000, when the new millennium was beginning. I called them “affirmations” and I even used my name in each one, such as, “I, Wally Amos, will be more sensitive to the needs and feelings of others!” I also added an exclamation point after each one, just to emphasize how determined I was about them.
I decided to be a better listener, more patient, a loving and caring husband and father, a supportive friend who was gentler with myself while eating nutritious foods and finding the fun in life. I called them “Affirmations for a Stress-Free Century.”
I look back on that list and I feel pretty good about the job that I have done in keeping those affirmations. I’m not perfect, of course, but I work at it every day.
So what can I resolve to do in the coming year that will make life better for both myself and for those around me? Can I change the world? Of course I can! I cannot solve every problem worldwide. But I can change my little part of the world.
I can do my part to eliminate illiteracy, by reading to children every chance I get. I can bring joy wherever I go. I can concentrate on converting negative habits into positive ones. I can take personal responsibility for every decision I make in my life. I can create love and laughter and smooches at every turn in the road. I can stop and breathe.
Make it a Happy New Year. The choice is up to you!