New Year’s Resolution
› a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad on the first day of the year.
In years past, I did what most everyone does. I made New Year’s resolutions that were next to impossible to keep or I would just skip that New Year tradition. I’ve made resolutions to get out of debt, to save money, to exercise, to lose weight, to keep the house cleaner and on and on and on…
Why do we make New Year’s resolutions anyway?
Some believe that it all started with the Romans:
The tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates all the way back to 153 B.C. January is named afterJanus, a mythical god of early Rome.
Janus had two faces — one looking forward, one looking backward. This allowed him to look back on the past and forward toward the future.
On December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking backward into the old year and forward into the new year. This became a symbolic time for Romans to make resolutions for the new year and forgive enemies for troubles in the past.
The Romans also believed Janus could forgive them for their wrongdoings in the previous year. The Romans would give gifts and make promises, believing Janus would see this and bless them in the year ahead.
And thus the New Year’s resolution was born!
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This year, I only have one resolution; but it covers a multitude of areas. My resolution: In the year 2015, I will strive to be grateful for everyday. The last few years have had some rough spots that almost bogged us down. I’m determined to break the pattern. I always told my students that every school year should be better than the last and that if it wasn’t they needed to change something to make it year better. I’m going to use that philosophy on a daily basis. I’m going to treat each day as the best day of the year.
It may seem too corny and Pollyannaish for many; but at this point in my life I believe it’s time to be truly grateful for each and every day. I’ll share my plan to be more positive each day in another blog post.
What resolutions are you making for 2015?
Happy New Year and wishes for many blessings in 2015!
We have only today to enjoy and create. If we live in the past, nothing changes. I’ve been focusing on today, right now, for the past year and intend to do the same thing this year. Tomorrow comes to us whether we’re ready or not. I’m with you — a focus on gratidute for each day means that you don’t miss what’s happening now! Go for it and happy new year!
Thanks for your understanding comment. Sometimes it seems I’ve spent so much time worrying about the past and the future that sometimes I forget to enjoy the present. I intend to change that! It sounds as if you’ve made a great start of living for today. Happy New Year to you, too.