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Time for Reflection – Making that New Year’s Resolution

Time for Reflection With every years’ end, we tend to enter a time for reflection. We assess our lives, our dreams, and the course we are on. We look to see where we need to make changes; therein lies the proverbial need for the “New Year’s Resolution.”

I bring you suggestions for how to approach making your New Year’s resolutions this year – resolutions that will last! These suggestions might be considered as slightly off the beaten path; nonetheless, they are a path work taking.

Rather than:

  1. Going on a diet to lose weight, try to better understand why you overeat, or eat the unhealthy foods, and then resolve to fix the underlying cause instead.
  2. Going cold turkey to stop drinking or smoking, try to better understand why you do it in the first place, and then resolve to fix the underlying cause instead.
  3. Vowing never to lose your temper again, try to better understand why you get angry in the first place, and then resolve to fix the underlying cause instead.

Do you see where I am going here with these suggestions? This is just a sample of possible New Years Resolutions. However, gaining a better understanding for the root cause of unwanted behavior will take you much farther than addressing the surface problem alone.

Time for Reflection

Rather than attempting to only fix the surface problem, dig deeper to ascertain which of the seven deadly sins lies at the crux of your problems. Is it anger, envy, greed, gluttony, laziness, lust, or pride that seems to do you in every time? Dig deep to ascertain why said sin keeps presenting itself in your life.

For example, perhaps you lose your patience, which causes you to lose your temper. Ask yourself what is the trigger that keeps causing you to become impatient. Is it anger, or perhaps pride? Once you know the root cause of a vice, then, and only then, can you come up with the proper remedy to uproot it from your life. Only then will you be able to make a New Year’s Resolution that you can keep throughout the year. It’s time for reflection. Let’s get busy! For a little assistance, to get you started, you might want to consult the posts I published this past Autumn on the Seven Deadly Sins. I wish you well  in making a New year’s resolution that makes you the person you want to become.

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