Tag: New Year’s Resolutions

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(You can read Chapter 1, focused on leading Washington politicians and the media here) Last year started with a couple of big bangs, politically. The January 6th violence at the US Capitol, of course. Buckle up for a cavalcade of first anniversary media this week, even though we’re still learning from and litigating that. Some […]

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2022 Resolutions (or Perhaps Prayer Requests)

 

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I have never been much for resolutions.  I think prayer is important not so much in the “prayer works” or the “how to get results” sense but in the sense of realizing there are limits to what I or anyone can accomplish through mere self-will – and that orienting my life to be in a good spiritual place so that I can love God and love others is the best recipe for bringing good to the world and promoting human flourishing. Here is a prayer I have come to like:

God, direct my thinking today so that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonesty, self-will, self-seeking and fear.  God, inspire my thinking, decisions and intuitions.  Help me to relax and take it easy.  Free me from doubt and indecision. Guide me through this day and show me my next step.  God give me what I need to take care of any problems.  I ask all these things that I may be of maximum service to you and those around me. In your name I pray.  Amen

With that, I jotted down these items that make sense for me.  If one or two is useful to you take them.  If not, pass on by.

What Kind of Resolve You Got?

 

A New Year approaches! This means that before the night is through, you’re supposed to determine some change of course – preferably one for the better – that you’ll have every intention of sticking with but will likely abandon by February. A handful of you might be of the fortunate mindset that allows for relatively easy implementation of changes, probably due to some hard-fought wrangling with your ego. These will-warriors may be so in control of themselves that any resolution made tonight would be indistinguishable from the one they made on June 27th.

And then there’s the rest of us…. I suppose I can be grateful that I have so many vices that all sorts of colorful combinations of resolutions can be chosen, and I’ll still have more to take on next year!

Making and Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

 

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” — Epictetus

If you want to make a change, start now instead of waiting for some arbitrary date on the calendar. Or at least that’s what I tell myself when new year’s resolution time rolls around. Then comes January 17 and March 22 and October 12 and I still haven’t gotten around to setting some modest goals let alone achieving them.

So, 2018 is one of the rare years I’ll actually write down some resolutions. I haven’t done this in several years, however, so I’ve accumulated so many goals that I’ll fill up several color-coded Excel spreadsheets and need to borrow an architect’s plotter printer for the Gantt chart. Hopefully, I can thin down my list before the clock strikes Midnight.

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Well it’s January again, the start of a new year. Time to make our New Year’s Resolutions. I’m sure that, like me, many of you have resolved to get physically fit this year. The two major components of fitness are diet and exercise. I know I have to make some changes in both of these […]

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Here it is, the fourth day after New Year’s Day.  The odds are that your New Year’s resolutions are all broken by now.  The dirty little secret is they were always meant to be broken. which is why I gave them up for Lent. Face it, New Year’s resolutions are nothing more than promising yourself […]

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