The New Year is here, and while everyone is recovering from a long night of Auld Lang Syne, have you joined the millions around the world who made up a New Year’s resolution list? Many people do this, but within a few weeks, lose their inspiration. Why is it that you may be filled with good intentions, yet time and time again, you fail to meet even your own expectations? Is it because you haven’t truly evaluated what you really want and why you want it? This is the time now to evaluate your heart. The solution is to get to the root.
When you are gardening and you see that oversized dandelion sucking life out of your yard, do you just cut it off at the base and throw a few beautiful flower seeds over it in hopes that it will grow? No, you grab it by the roots. Our lives are filled with deep-rooted memories that cause hurt, pain, and sometimes bad habits. Are there any people in your life who constantly put you down? Do you feel inadequate in any way, and if so, why do you feel that way? Have you allowed yourself the gift of self-forgiveness? Do you need to forgive someone else for something they have done that has robbed you of your emotional sanity? By addressing your core issues, you will not only be able to keep your goals, but also shut the door on the previous chapter in your life and start a new one with some inner peace.
Before you create your resolutions for the year, sit and think about what you really want to overcome. For instance, instead of having a goal of getting out of debt, consider how you got into debt in the first place. Were you living beyond your means? Buying things on impulse? Next time you feel the urge to splurge, don’t. Instead, give yourself some time to think about the purchase and what may be driving it. If you take a step back, you can usually find the root of the problem. In doing this, you can make a more committed New Year’s resolution list, but this time, you won’t be tied down with a heavy heart.
Sabrina Short, Staff Writer