I don't know about you but it's been a long time since I made a New Year's resolution. I used to do it regularly in past times but in those days most of the pledges I made to myself were either unrealistic or I failed at the first hurdle. I got to about the third week in January and depriving myself of chocolate and all the other delightful things in life, or forcing myself to exercise for an hour a day, or creating a 'perfect life' just didn't happen. They seemed good ideas, but were largely unattainable in the timescale I'd set myself. We humans are like that - we set ourselves goals and expect immedite results, forgetting that sometimes good things take longer to happen.
I know what you're thinking - she's got no sticking power. Give it more time. Work harder. You're right, of course, but let's be honest - how many of us make a New Year's resolution and then say to ourselves 'and we'll reach this goal in the next five years' ? We want our dreams and we want them NOW and when we don't get them immediately we lose heart and fall off whatever wagon we've hitched ourselves to. We forget that the 'resolutions' we make at New Year, if we truly want them, should be made every day - not just once a year.
But the idea of making some personal committments, setting some 'do-able' targets for my ambition and creativity and being realistic about time-scales still intrigues me. These days, though, I'd rather resolve first to daily create better relationships, build a more positive and optimistic mindset, and to ensure I grow my faith rather than chasing unrealistic and rather selfish and unobtainable goals. If the blessings I hope for and dream of come that'll be wonderful. And hopefully, if I keep alert and remain grateful for what I am given every day, I'll even recognise them when they arrive!