This conversation took place on 31/12/2012…
Wini: The car is filthy (smell of puke on the inside and bird poo on the outside, not nice). We should clean it.
Tim (hubby): Ok, let’s make it our new year resolution tomorrow.
I don’t know what you think about New Year resolutions. Some people don’t like them. But here is my take; the problem is not New Year resolutions but the failure to achieve these resolutions. When we have failed enough times, it’s much easier to put the blame on the resolutions and deem them unnecessary and even a nuisance.
I personally think it is helpful to have New Year resolutions/goals/commitments or whatever you may call them. The emphasis is not the New Year but the goals. The New Year mainly offers an opportunity for a pit-stop. A time to refresh and renew – to evaluate and set new goals and have a freshness to set off into the year ahead, to climb higher mountains or to reattempt climbing unconquered mountains. Without a pit-stop to do so, life just goes on in its same old and same old – which ultimately leads to a life of mediocrity. Now that scares me more than death!
A friend of mine made a New Year resolution/goal/commitment last year to post a thankful note on Facebook every day of 2012, and he did it. And in doing so, he developed a new habit in himself, he influenced the culture on Social Media and he impacted others who are now adopting the attitude of thankfulness – finding something to be thankful for every day.
Have you stopped at the pitstop? made any resolutions? Set new goals? Taken a look at your past year and gained a fresh zeal for the year ahead? I would like to challenge you to do so. Let’s not settle for the same old same old. God has got more for us.
The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ear, and new eyes. Unless a particular man [or woman] made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.
– G.K. Chesterton
I pray that this year will have us growing new eyes, new ears, new feet and achieve so much more this year than we ever have.
By the way, Tim did wash the car on 1/1/13 – New Year resolution number 1 achieved!
Happy New Year!!
Wini Heron xx
For some tips on goal setting- http://topachievement.com/smart.html
Check out more of Wini’s musings at her Tassiemama blog here.