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Why I’m NOT making New Year’s Resolutions in 2012

Everybody seems to really like my fb post from yesterday.  I found it online, and it cracked me up because it’s something I would say (jokingly, of course).  I know I’m far from perfect… I’m very aware of many of my flaws!  If you haven’t seen it, it’s from Calvin & Hobbes:


I’m a list-maker by nature.  I’ve gone through many notepads making a to-do list for each day of my life.  Every December 31, I would make a long list of what I would like to change for the following year.  And to no surprise, I’m lucky if I keep half of them the first week.  I usually fail before the second week of January, and I end up making a new list on my birthday (18th) as a fresh start once again.  That’s been my January resolution making routine for the past 30+ years.

This year, I’m not making any resolutions.  It’s not because I’m a list-keeper failure… but it’s because I get more caught up on list-making than doing sometimes.  I know me… I know that I will continue to make to-do lists and get a real good use out of my “reminder” app on my iphone.  I know that I will continue to set goals for ministry, business, etc.  However, I have decided that I’m not gonna get caught up on new year’s resolutions and how I will fail once again at exercising, eating healthy, reading the Bible every day (I know… I fail at this too…), being patient, cleaning, etc. I’m also not going to get caught up on “good riddance to 2011, and all new things with high hopes for 2012.”  Reality is… “life is life!”  I will experience good and bad things throughout 2012 just as I had in 2011 and every year before then.  While I don’t want to dwell on the past, I have learned a lot from the years past.  And I want to live each day of 2012 the best I can.  I don’t want it to be filled with “to-do’s” but just be the best “Gloria” I know how to be.  I know I will fail along the way… but each day is a new day!  This may not make any sense to you, but it does to me!

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.

Lamentations 3:22-24 (The Message)


2 thoughts on “Why I’m NOT making New Year’s Resolutions in 2012

  1. I gave up on resolutions awhile ago, too. I came across something I can do though: Three Words. I focus on three words throughout the year. Last year was Give, Love, Move. Last year was a particularly hard year for me and I was in such a bad spot that I couldn’t look up or forward enough to make resolutions or goals. Give was to give myself permission to take care of myself. Love was to show my husband some love. Move was to be more physically active (even just parking in the farthest spot from the door).

    This year my three words are Inform, Inspire and Interact. All three have to do with wanting to renew my commitment to fulfill my desire to being a professional speaker. I want to be informative sharing knowledge, facts, information to help people keep their life in sync. I want to inspire them to take action in their life, to take steps in the right direction, even if it’s just parking in the space that is farthest from the door. I want to interact with them, to talk about what is going on, to see how I can help them, how they can help me, or how we can cheer each other on.

    I wrote more about it here: Maybe you’ll like the idea, too. I’d like to know your three words.


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