When the New Year comes, many of us make resolutions. We might resolve to lose weight, get out of debt, exercise more, or be more diligent in our recovery programs, but usually the focus is on helping ourselves. And usually, we give up on keeping our resolution before the month ends.
But we don’t have to wait for next January 1st to try again. Why not make July 1st resolutions? That’s halfway through the year. Or even better, make a new resolution tomorrow!
If you break your resolution the day after that, just try again. And again! It’s one day at a time, it’s it?
And while we’re changing things up, let’s make some resolutions to help others, instead of just ourselves.
As I thought about this blog and what I’d write about, what came to me were variations on the “pay it forward” and “random acts of kindness” ideas. In our “Just for Today” pledge, in Al-Anon, we talk about an exercise for our soul where we do something for someone else. If we get found out, it doesn’t count. So, what if, each day for the rest of the year, we did something for someone else anonymously? What a different perspective we’d have on our day, our family, our jobs, and our lives! If we continued to look for ways to do acts of kindness for others, how would the practice change us? My guess is we’d feel better and less stressed about all kinds of things.
So, I’m going to try and keep this resolution. It seems like a fun way to finish out 2018!
Here’s to a better and blessed new year for all.