By Lesli Nolen
Published January 2012
Happy New Year!!
Years ago, I would make a New Year resolution or several of them. I couldn’t wait for the New Year. I was determined to be so much better the coming year than I had ever been before. I was either going to lose weight, eat healthier, work out more, spend more quality time with family or spend more time reading (what I love to do); whatever it was, it was going to make me . . . a better me!
I would start off great in January. I would set my goals and hit it full force. February would come along and, well, life would happen—I would get busy and get off track. I would tell myself, “I will start again next week.” Or, “OK, next week for sure.” Before I knew it April and May would come and go and “next week” would never happen. So, after a few years of this I quit making New Year’s resolutions altogether.
After some careful thought, I decided this year I would give it another shot. But, I must admit I was a little hesitant. I knew I had to set a goal that is realistic and has to be something I can achieve. So, I decided my New Year resolution for 2012 would be to live a little better today than I did yesterday.
With this resolution, I don’t have to plan a specific menu, I don’t have to feel guilt when I don’t work out or exercise as much as I would like, I don’t have to feel all the burdens of what I didn’t get accomplished. I just have to be a little better today than I was yesterday.
In order for me to reach this goal I have twelve inspirational quotes. One for each month. I have made copies of these and have placed them in my car, at my office and have the first one taped to my bathroom mirror. This will remind me of my goal everyday—or that’s the plan anyway! Just in case you would like to join me in this I have included my 12 quotes, below:
“The consequences of today are determined by the actions of the past. To change your future, alter your decisions today.”
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”
I came up with this idea of living a little better every day, one morning when I was listening to the syndicated Christian radio station, K-Love. Every Monday morning they have what they call “Make a Difference Monday.” They ask the listeners to share a story of how you have made a difference in someone’s life or how someone has made a difference in your life. It’s very encouraging and uplifting (especially on a Monday morning) to hear how everyday people make a difference in other people’s lives. Gestures can be as small as holding the door open for someone, letting someone in line behind you go in front of you or—the most recent one I’ve heard this holiday season—paying off someone’s lay-away Christmas purchase at a store. These people did something for someone else without asking anything in return. I’d say they lived better that day than they did the day before.
I aspire to live that way every day in 2012. I want to make a conscious choice to make a difference in someone’s life. Whether I choose to read Skylar a book instead of doing the dishes, walk the dog instead of watching TV, or have a candlelight dinner with my family, I want to chose life, a good life. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to make a difference, nor does it mean you have to give something up or that you have do without. It simply means doing something for someone else; it’s the little things that mean the most.
I hope that whatever your resolution is for 2012 you reach that goal and that this year is your best year yet. I hope you aspire to be better today than you were yesterday.