Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #198

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Today I am thankful for resolutions. As we continue to progress closer and closer to the arrival of a new year, I cannot help but think about the tendency of people to make resolutions that they either hope to or plan to implement in the coming year. Many people resolve to lose those last few pounds of excess body weight (for others it’s more than a few pounds, but who’s counting?), finally kick a bad habit, or jump into a new endeavor. And no matter what the details of the resolutions are, for the most part they tend to be positive hopes, dreams, and goals.

The problem with making those resolutions is that most people mean well when they make them, but are not truly serious about bringing them to fruition. They make these declarations because it’s a good thing to do, it has be come a tradition to do so, and part of them really would like for those resolutions to come to fruition. However, without commitment, determination, motivation, planning, and action, a resolution is nothing but a string of words, because the mere fact that something is a good thing to do, it has become a tradition to do so, or people really would like for something to come to fruition does not automatically guarantee that it will come to pass. It takes so much more than that.

I generally do not make resolutions for these reasons (and more). And it is not that I do not acknowledge and respect the importance of noting positive changes that one needs to implement in their life. It is quite the opposite with me, in that I have discovered that it is integral to evaluate oneself and one’s progress in accomplishing their purpose. The key, however, is doing this on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis, and making a concerted effort to do so with commitment, drive, and fortitude. And though this is not always the case with everyone, I have come to realize that most people who talk about their “New Year’s resolutions” really have no intention of turning those declarations into reality.

So, as we countdown the last few days of this year, my hope is that we perform true assessments of ourselves and the amount of progress that we have made in fulfilling our purposes, and commit ourselves to truly implementing the changes that we deem to be necessary, while taking care to make these assessments on a regular basis rather than simply an annual one. We human beings can accomplish amazing things, and I look forward to discovering just how amazing we are. #lovebythedrop

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