From the Wikipedia encyclopedia : A New Year's resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments normally go into effect on New Year's Day. Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.
There are religious parallels to this secular tradition. People may act similarly during the Christian fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. During Judaism's New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one's wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.
Yes, I can attest to the Lifestyle change and yes, it is still now an adventure, ( for obvious reasons) I will not explain here. But the one thing that puzzles me is, How many people will actually ! .... Atone too one's wrongdoings ! and actually...seek and offer Forgiveness ? Or for that matter, reflect or seek self-improvement ?
Think about this people. How many people in one years time did you offend? Cause harm too, be it a slight comment, of rudeness, offend, be it a sexual slur,regarding there lifestyle, there finances,(how they manage there money) or who there dating and why?, there family, or the way they live, there Religion or there beliefs in that religion, and yes, there sexuality. Does anyone really know what sacrifice and responsibility IS ? To your self and your fellow man. Offer Forgiveness ? That's a rather Strong Word for a person. When there looking into the eyes of something they don't approve of, but they know in there Hearts, that the very thing there looking at, has blood running through there veins,just like you have,has feelings just like you have, but you can not except them as a human being that lives differently than you. Seek and offer forgiveness.... How many will actualy do just that?
New Years Resolutions, " I'll try and stop smoking, I'll try not to litter the sidwalk while driving, I'll try not to drink too much. These are all well and fine, Resolutions. But a Resolution, that has meaning... is a Resolution that states:
" I'll try and Forgive " Can you really Do It ? and stick to it for a whole Year ?
Only You, will know the answer to that question. Why?... Because your Human. But do you really know yourself ?