You say you want a Resolution…

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world

Okay, so I played with the title a little. I hope Sir Paul doesn’t mind. Revolution and Resolution are so close in spelling and in meaning. It’s that time of year when we are supposed to “resolve” to make a change. Isn’t that the basis of a Revolution? We may be resolving to make a change to our body or the way we live, but sometimes it takes a Revolution to make those changes. You have to take up arms against what you want to change.

A New Year’s resolution is a promise a person makes for the new year. Regardless of what resolution you commit to, the goal is to improve life in the coming year. Resolutions can come in many forms. Some people make a promise to change a bad habit, such as quitting smoking or eating less junk food.

The tradition of New Year‘s resolutions dates all the way back to 153 B.C. January is named after Janus, a mythical god of early Rome.

Janus had two faces — one looking forward, one looking backward. This allowed him to look back on the past and forward toward the future.

On December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking backward into the old year and forward into the new year. This became a symbolic time for Romans to make resolutions for the new year and forgive enemies for troubles in the past.

The Romans also believed Janus could forgive them for their wrongdoings in the previous year. The Romans would give gifts and make promises, believing Janus would see this and bless them in the year ahead.

And thus the New Year‘s resolution was born! (*definition from Wonderopolis)

I don’t make resolutions anymore. I know people who make a resolution and before Valentine’s day, they can’t even remember what they did in the first place. My favorite place to view New Year’s resolutions is the gym. From this Sunday til possibly Valentine’s day, the place will be packed at night. Thank God I go right from school and it’s not too bad. I’ll see the packed-ness when I train with Fritz for running. We usually train later at night.

What kind of Resolutions are good ones?

  • Stop procrastinating
  • move more
  • do a random act of kindness each week
  • spend more time outside
  • make a bucket list of places you want to go
  • make a bucket list of books you want to read
  • follow a 30-day challenge…it doesn’t have to be on planks, maybe a challenge to learn a new word a day
  • make a list of things you are looking forward to in 2017. A new book, a new movie, a concert…..
  • put the damn phone down at dinner

I could Google a day’s worth of suggestions. But in the end, we all make our own Revolution with our Resolutions.

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