According to an article by Sarah Pruitt in history.com*, the ancient Babylonian people, some 4,000 years ago, were the first people to make resolutions at the beginning of the year. They made promises to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. She writes: “For early Christians, the first day of the new year became the traditional occasion for thinking about one’s past mistakes and resolving to do and be better in the future.”
Many of us make some kinds of resolutions at the start of a new year. We might want to get rid of a few pounds added over Christmas, get more fit, stop smoking etc.
Making a resolution just for the sake of it is probably a recipe for failure. I have to confess that I stopped making resolutions many years ago, there wasn’t much point as I never stayed long with anything I resolved to do. Definitely not enough willpower there!
I suppose the idea is not to make the resolution so hard that you can’t keep it up, or make it about something that is easily incorporated in daily life. Nichole’s Time Out newsletter a couple of weeks ago about giving was inspiring. She wrote about doing something nice for someone else every day. Very often we do this without thinking and without needing acknowledgement, just little things like cooking another person’s favorite meal, opening a door for someone else, let a car into the traffic, comfort a child etc. Every little act like these generates a positive feeling in ourselves and eases the day for someone else.
I believe I will call this my New Year’s resolution for 2018.
It’s nice to be nice!
I hope you all have a wonderful, healthy, inspiring and amazing New Year!
Activity Coordinator & CQO at Maria’s Place