I don’t believe in New Year’s Day resolutions. There should not be one day in which one makes a resolution to be a better person. One should resolve that every day is the day to be a better person. We all make mistakes. It’s called being human. It’s an unfortunate side effect of being human. But, we can choose to be better each day. We can realize our mistakes and move forward to become the person we want to be.

It is not necessary to have a role model, as we can choose the way we most want to be in this world. It doesn’t matter what your religious foundation is either. All of the major religions put forth the edict that one should work on being a better person, that one can be forgiven and given a second chance to be a better person if they want to, not later, but now.

Want to be more honest? Tell the truth, don’t use “white” lies, as a lie is a lie. The truth hurts, but a lie hurts worse when it is revealed. Plus, lying has a way of compounding and growing. In the end, a lie will be far more painful than if you had told the truth in the first place. Just be prepared to explain your honest answer in that manner.

Want to be more kind? Then try to help those that you can. Even small acts of kindness are better than no kind act at all. Helping an elderly person by taking out their rubbish or carrying their groceries to their door will be appreciated. Helping your parents or siblings with some small task will make them feel important. Write a letter to someone that lives alone, not an e-mail, a real handwritten letter or card. It doesn’t have to be long, just a paragraph or two about the weather, how are they, the things you have been doing, etc.

Want to be in better health? Don’t think of it as a task. Just add a few minutes of exercise each day, or on the days you can, find exercise routines that you like, not ones you think are “quick fixes”. Don’t follow fads, research and find what will best suit you for your age and level that way you are more likely to continue, rather than do it for a while and give up. Try to eat fruit instead of sugary desserts once in a while, or have a vegetarian meal once a week. Make a one week food journal, be honest, count the calories you consume each day. Look for ways to cut out some calories. You could replace bad caloric foods with fruit or brown rice or vegetables every other day.

New Year’s resolutions are usually temporary. Most people mean well when they make them, but few follow through. Making the decision each day to change yourself in the ways you want to improve, be it your character, your physical appearance, your religious devotion, your educational needs, or what have you, all need dedication. Not one day, but every day. Even then you can take a day off, just don’t let it grow into a week, months or forever.

You may not be able to change the world in a day, but you can start by changing yourself. You can be a better person if you try, and if you don’t repeat past mistakes, you will eventually see the changes you want in your life.

Songs:     “New Year’s Resolution Song” by Rhett and Link, comedy

“No Resolutions” by Seether, (sorry for quality, as I couldn’t find a clean video format since it is a new song, so concert type was all I could find)

“A Change is Gonna Come” by Seal (original by Sam Cooke)


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