Friday, December 31, 2010


The topic of the day is New Year's Resolutions.

Do you make them or not?

Do you keep them or not?

I do not make New Year's Resolutions. I've found that there are too many variables in my life, too many little things that can change the picture every day, to be able to see whether or not some goals can be kept. If I make resolutions that are too specific I feel as though I've failed if I need to change that goal later in the year. If my goals are too general it's hard to tell if I've met them or not and too easy to just not bother trying.

Making New Year's resolutions makes me feel like I'm just setting myself up for failure. And heaven knows I tend to be too hard on myself as it is.

I think we make resolutions every day.

Every day we wake up and decide what kind of person we're going to be.

Will we carry the pains and regret of yesterday's wrongs with us and let them weigh us down?

Or will we start the day with a clean slate and a new determination to do our best?

Will we focus on what makes us angry or afraid?

Or will we focus on the positive and look for ways to make a difference for good?

Will I see in myself the best I have to offer or will I see only my limitations?

Will I see in you only your limitations?

Or will I see your need...

for love...



a second chance....

May our focus improve this year.


  1. That's sermon material, right there!

  2. Great post Donna! I found that when I made new years "resolutions" I just set myself up 4 failure. But we need to strive to be better EVERYday not just New Years eve...definitely sumthin for me to think abt :-)

  3. I make New Year's "Goals" rather than "Resolutions." Maybe some would say there's no difference between the two. Nevertheless, the end of the year is a time when I reflect on the past 365 days, and ask myself, "How can I be a more effective _______?" (fill in the blank). The answers become my goals. Still, I make them few and broad. As the year progresses, the details will take are of themselves. I don't achieve them all, nor, do I really expect to. Progress is what it's about for me, and ultimately, that's what my goals try to achieve.