New Year is traditionally the time to make resolutions. But if you are like everyone else, it is a time to be frustrated as you forget or fail to carry out your resolutions.
How many times have you heard someone say I’m not going to make up any more New Year resolutions? It only makes me depressed when I fail to keep them. As a consequence, some people make a joke of the whole business their New Year resolution is: I resolve not make any more New Year Resolutions.
Then there was the person who resolved: My goal for 2017 is to accomplish the goals I set for myself in 2016 which I should have done in 2015 because I promised to do them in 2014 and planned to do them in 2013. If I don’t succeed I’ll try to do them in 2018.
My own solution to the problem is to resolve to do things that are possible, or at least not beyond the bounds of possibility.
Exercising is said to be healthy so how about resolving to start a new program of exercises.
So your resolution might be: I resolve to be more diligent in -
jumping to conclusions,
grasping at straws,
pushing my luck,
running around in circles,
beating my head against a wall,
dragging my heels and
fishing for compliments.
And I plan to work less and rest more. I have never heard of a person resting himself to death!
How about resolving to take up meditation? It’s much better than sitting around doing nothing.
A friend of mine resolved to go carefully; when playing golf; he resolved to wear two pairs of trousers, just in case he gets a hole in one.
My own New Year Resolution is that I will give up eating chocolate, at least while I’m driving the car.
And let me make a New Year wish.
May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastro-enterologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, and your plumber;
May your hair and your teeth, not fall out; and may your blood pressure, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise.
May what you see in the mirror delight you and what others see in you delight them. May someone love you enough to forgive your faults, be blind to your blemishes, and tell the world about your virtues.
May the telemarketers wait to make their sales calls until you finish dinner; may the commercials on TV not be louder than the program you are watching, and may your cheque book and your budget balance ? even including some generous donations to charity.
May you remember to say "I love you" at least once a day to your spouse, your child, your parent, your siblings; but not to your secretary, your nurse, your masseuse, your hairdresser or your tennis coach.
And may we live all in a world at peace and with the awareness of God's love in every sunset, every flower's unfolding petals, every baby's smile, every lover's kiss, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart.
And a Happy New Year to you all.
Rev. Alan Stuart Ex missionary to Korea, Retired Minister, UCA
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