New Year’s resolution: Trite but never out of fashion

By Divino Amor

The trouble with New Year’s resolution is that you don’t understand its depth and significance to your life because it’s nothing but a shallow promise to yourself, or put in another way, having no intention to “walk the talk.”

You know it’s not easy to do it so it’s convenient to take it for granted and even forget about it. Until you realize it’s too late and sometimes you are left regretting and accuse  life is unkind or imperfect. It is really yourself to blame because most times you are lazy and not true to yourself. Your weakness overpowers your strength. You are not discipline. You are weak. whether you are man or woman, you have no “balls.”

I know somebody in her mid-thirties who was advised by an alternative doctor to be careful and choosy of her diet but being a voracious eater and because of depression, eating became her escape and went out of control. So goodbye to discipline eating and promise to be fit and active.

“I went through two serious New Year’s resolution (NYR), now I’m determined to pursue a healthy lifestyle or drop dead, I’m serious now,” she informs. Twice a week, she brisk-walk, jog, do yoga and meditation.

A New Year’s resolution is a psychological entry point to oneself, as it should always start with the mind, like a pathway to guide you. It is best to look at it as a spiritual conversation with yourself. It was an advice to me from my spiritual adviser.

“As a matter of fact,” he told me proudly, “I’m 76, and I still maintain my yearly NYR as a guide to help me feel young, like 25 years old, why not? It’s fun.”

From him I gathered and convinced NYR is ideal for young people to pursue a grateful, meaningful and energizing life as you reach 70 years old and more. Why not indeed?

What is there to lose? Oh you only outlive your contemporaries and that is more a victory and celebration.

My other friend’s simple NYR is not to drink alcohol too much, smoke too much and an early night sleep. He thought at first silly but now he does not think about it as NYR but focusing on “walking his talk.”

“I do it and sometimes break it but will always go back, now I’m disciplined and a reformed man,” he confirms.

Of course NYR are made to be broken, just like the many promises we tell ourselves and loved ones. But knowing and deeply believing it is good and lasting for our health and character then like personal values and belief we hold dear to our heart, then let it be indeed the path to know who we really are deep inside, never the influence of others.

Artwork courtesy of Free art

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