Revolution or Resolution

That time is almost here where there is a societal pressure to make some sort of resolution in the New Year that will in effect change me into someone else. How many times have I promised myself that I would undergo some sort of transformation just because the old calendar ended and a new one was put in its place? How many times have I failed to follow through on losing 50 pounds (or even 10) by Groundhog Day or running a marathon before Ash Wednesday?

We often set ourselves up for failure by making unrealistic goals that require a total revolution in how we live. If we feel we want to make a resolution this year let’s do something that is real and realistic. No more revolutions. Let us strengthen our resolve and do something that matter in the long term.

We can resolved to do things that make us more healthy. Say, park farther away from the store in the parking lot.  Walking those extra steps would be a something that I might actually choose to do more than once. If we want to deepen our faith we could pick up Forward Day by Day or other devotional magazine and take the 3-5 minutes it would read and think about the daily meditation. We might also choose to finish the day by looking for the small blessings and the good things which happened and give thanks for them (Most of us don’t need help asking God for things – we do that pretty well. It is in the giving of thanks where we need help and to be reminded.)

On News Year’s strengthen your resolve to take whatever small steps you need to take that may lead to life and health. It doesn’t have to be a revolution – we need the resolve to keep doing incremental things that will lead us to greater physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Receive, share, and be a blessing in 2012.

Nancy & Don

About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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