It’s still January, are your resolutions made? Mine aren’t. Actually, a few years ago I made a resolution never to make New Year resolutions. It is the only resolution I have ever kept for more than a few weeks.
Renewing our commitment to things isn’t a bad thing…but it is sometimes counterproductive to actually doing what we know we should just do. A resolution, for me, is just a way of saying that I failed before but now I’m going to give it another shot. That doesn’t sound very motivating to me.
So, I quit making resolutions and started focusing on new projects each January. I said my goodbyes to my undone goals (and any guilt or shame associated) in December and put all of my efforts into seeing my year as a brand new, whole, package just waiting for me.
It doesn’t keep me from failing at some of them. It doesn’t mean I have more successes or failures at all. But I figure that if God gave me another year to get something done He doesn’t want me spending too much time in the past.
Dee Shihady (Executive Director of Crystal Adoptions)