Making New Year’s resolutions is a horrible way to end the Christmas and New Year holiday season. It’s bad enough that we have to put away all the decorations but then we’re saddled with the guilt of making the same resolutions we made last year. There’s got to be a better way. We could just resolve to not make any resolutions, many have. Or, maybe we could just make some resolutions we have a fair chance of keeping. There are some very meaningful yet simple things we could all do to significantly improve our lives and they’re no secret at all. These come from the advice given by parents to their kids. There’s much more than the following of course but to have any chance of success we need to keep it simple:
- Don’t swear. It devalues what you’re saying and lowers other’s opinions of you.
- Don’t drive distracted. Keep focused on driving safely. Could you live with yourself if you caused injury or death to someone just because you couldn’t wait to check a text message? It happens waaay too often.
- Give your employer an honest day’s work for a day’s pay. You might not like your boss or your job but you owe it to them and yourself.
- Be dependable. Do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it. You’ll be rewarded for it both personally and professionally.
- Be honest. Just don’t say things that aren’t patently true. (If your significant other asks you if they look fat, you don’t have to say yes, even if they do. There are better ways to respond.)
- Don’t get drunk. Most of us have and we regret it later.
- Be charitable. Give some of your time – and money if you have it – to a good cause. Pick one most important to you then research the organizations that support it.
For the few who already do all of these without failing, God bless you. But you can do better too. Ask some of your closest family and/or friends to make a list of resolutions for you. Be careful who you ask and consider that you may not like what they say but almost assuredly you’ll be surprised by it.
Now go make this world better with you in it. Happy New Year!