Of course, it is the first day of 2022 and I know we are all thinking about the resolutions we should be making for the new year. I believe, however, that resolutions are outdated, and we would be better off forming new habits.
I have always heard it said, “New Year, New You”, but honestly, you are the only you that you will ever have. My goal should not be a new me, but a better me. In studying for my first sermon of 2022, I came across a list of perpetual new year’s resolutions that will make all of us better people. To be frank, these are not a pick and choose list of resolutions. Every one of these should be a must in our lives. No options. Our world would be a better place if we all would all just follow these ideas for a better you, and a better me.
PERPETUAL NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge and replace it with some pleasant memories.
Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep.
Give a soft answer.
Free yourself of envy and malice.
Make a geniuine effort to stay in closer touch with family and good friends.
Resolve to stop magnifying small problems and shooting from the lip. Words that you have to eat can be hard to digest.
Find the time to be kind and thoughful. All of us have the same allotment: 24 hours a day.
Give a compliment. It might give someone a badly needed lift.
Think things through.
Apologize when you realize you are wrong. An apology never diminishes a person. It elevates him.
Try to understand a point of view that is different from your own. Few things are 100 percent one way or another.
Lighten up. When you feel like blowing your top, ask yourself, “Will it matter in a week from today?”.
Avoid malcontents and pessimists. They drag you down and contribute nothing.
Don’t discourage a beginner from trying something risky. Nothing ventured means nothing gained.
Walk tall, and smile more. You’ll look 10 years younger.
Don’t be afraid to say, “I love you”. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.
(SOURCE: Ann Landers, as quoted on Pastors.com, http://www.cse.fau.edu/~mahesh/quotes/newyear.html.)
There you have it. Let’s all make the world a better place in 2022. HAPPY NEW YEAR!