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New Year's Revolutions
Do you make New Year's Resolutions? Some do, some don't.
If you do make them, do you usually keep them? And if you don't make them, is it because you usually break them anyway, and you don't wish to disappoint yourself?
May I suggest an alternative?
How about trying New Year's Revolutions this year?
Dictionaries use phrases like "total change of conditions, especially political or social changes" to describe revolution. And the word makes us think of overthrowing governments and unseating people in current positions of power.
Well, you must admit it sounds a lot more exciting than "I make a resolution to quit smoking", or "I resolve to eat more fruits and vegetables this year."
I'm not suggesting we all run down and take over our respective city halls. This kind of revolution deals with inner attitudes that give birth to the real changes in anyone's character. It requires a subtle (and infinitely more uplifting) shift in thought than just a resolution.
A revolution in your life might include a lot of the same kinds of things a resolution would, but you're more likely to be successful with a revolution, because the change is not only an event, but a process that transforms you into someone who feels worthy of that change.
Find something that makes you feel worthwhile, and worthy of a revolutionary spirit. (Faith in Christ helps me, and the belief that I was created to be special and unique.) These kinds of things are very tough to do alone, so if you can find someone to whom you can tell your revolution, you have found an ally, and you should use that to your advantage. If your self-esteem is just too waning right now, and you can't tell anyone but your dog, go for it. Dogs don't laugh at your secrets!
And maybe, just for now, it's best not to choose a hundred revolutions.
But make it a good one.
Better yet, make it the one you've always wanted to make.
Let your revolution be a transformation of that one resolution you could never bring yourself to make, because you were too afraid to be laughed at, or too afraid to fail, or even too afraid you'd succeed and then you'd have to live up to that success, and all that goes with it.
If you don't feel worthy now, keep your gaze upward and your thoughts on the goal, and soon you'll begin to feel like the revolutionary you are. You have things to accomplish, and nothing and no one can keep you from them.
Most people who really accomplish things in this world and/or influence others to do the same, don't bother with resolve. They see the grand plan, and they begin. I can almost guarantee that the late Mother Theresa never made a resolution in her life. She was too busy seeing what was to be done, and doing it, even when others told her it couldn't be done. And if that isn't the way we are living, then why not?
Find your place in the grand plan.
Then begin: one breath, one step, one thought at a time.
And when someone asks you what your New Year's Resolution is this year, you can smile and tell them you don't have time for any. You're too busy starting a Revolution.
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