Every year, January 1st comes around and I make resolutions. But every year, by the time February comes along…those resolutions are down the drain. So this year I sticking to my guns. But this year, I am making resolutions that will make me become a better human being. Below are 5 New Year Resolutions that you should implement in your life if you want 2018 to be a better year.
“It really doesn’t matter what book you read, by losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring the domain of the author’s imagination,” -Dr. David Lewis
When was the last time you fully read a book? High school? College? Growing up reading was something forced and who really likes anything that you are forced to do? Find the passion for reading. It can be anything! Not only will reading give you a world to escape to it also improves your sharpness, memory, writing skills, and increases your vocabulary.
As we grow up we lose sight of who we are. We become burdened by the responsibilities of life by becoming mothers, teachers, businesswomen, etc. that we lose ourselves. So think deeply about the question, Who are you? or Who is ______? A lot of us can not honestly answer that question. So this year find the answer to that question. Reconnect with that person who you use to be, find her and become her again.
When someone hurts you, the feelings of resentment, anger, and hatred also come with it. Those feelings can linger for a long time. Sometimes decades. But when long, too long? Now, do I believe that every evil or cruel act deserves to be forgiven, no. But for our own spiritual well being, live in the present, not the past and let go.
“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh”
Get Off Your Phone
What is something that is either always in your hand or pocket? Never leaving your side? Your phone. Get off of it! Even if you have to set a “screen time limit” for yourself, do it. We do it for our kids, why not do it for ourselves? The next time you are out to eat or on the train, look around you. Notice how many people are on their phones. Consumed by it. We are growing up in a world where we no longer can physically talk to someone or just sit and look at the scenery. The world is such a beautiful place with beautiful people in it, so go, do, see, and conversate.
Spend More Time With The People That Matter Most
This is something that I have grown to do and have learned that is necessary to be happy in life. As I have gotten older and moved from one place to another, I have learned who the people that matter most in my life are. While watching a Tyler Perry play, the character Madea explained it perfectly:
“I put everybody that comes into my life in the category of a tree. Some people are like leaves. They change their position according to the wind. They are unstable. When the season changes, they wither and die. Some people are like a branch. You have to be careful of these branches because they’ll fool you. They’ll make you think they are good friends and really strong. But the moment you step on them, they’ll break and leave you high and dry. But if you find two or three people in your life like the roots at the bottom of the tree, you are blessed. Because that’s the kind of people that will stay in your life and go nowhere. A tree can have more than a million and hundred leaves and branches but only a few roots at the bottom. When you get some roots, hold on to them and let the rest go. Without the roots, the tree won’t be there.” – Madea