Resolutions: How to Make the Most of Them
As this year comes to a close it is natural for people to reflect upon the past year's events and to consider how to make the coming year even better. I have never really been one to make New Year's Resolutions. I have always felt that to resolve at a certain time of the year to become a better person can be limiting and cause anxiety and pressure if you fall off the wagon. I live by the thought that each day is a day of renewal and if you don't succeed at your life improvements, tommorrow is a new day. In my opinion, any time is a good time to decide to improve ones life. Instead I like to think about the past year and consider all of the blessings that I have been given in my life and how I can continue to improve.
What are the blessings that have been bestowed upon you this year? As I reflect upon the year that has past, I consider all that I have to be grateful for. My family and I have had good health this year, I have been blessed with a job even if there are many things about my job that I would love to be different, I am surrounded by wonderful and loving friends and family who are both supportive and encouraging. So as you reflect upon the blessings in your life, make a list and think about how your life has improved this past year, even if in just the smallest way.
Charge for the Coming Year
As I think about what life changes I want to make, my first thought goes to my children. I think about what example I can set for them to become better people. One area that I would like to work on is giving to others. I have always donated and done some volunteer work when asked but this is an area that I would like to develop more. So one of my charges for this year is to become more active within my community and making volunteerism a family activity. So as the picture above asks, "How can I be a blessing to others today?" I will try to live my life this year thinking about how I can make an impact on the world around me, no matter how small that gesture may be. So what is your plan for this year?
There are many ways in which you can volunteer.
- Ask your church and ask about opportunities through their organization.
- Contact your local school and ask if you can read to a class or help out a teacher in some way.
- Spend some time serving meals at a local soup kitchen.
- Find out about delivering meals to the elderly and shut ins.
Don't forget to get your kids involved. Teaching children at a young age to participate in volunteerism is an important attribute that will take them far in their lives.