New Year’s Day is right around the corner as it will be here on Sunday. Have you thought about a resolution to make for the coming year? Well, whatever your answer is, here are some things to consider prior to making the big decision.
Many people say that they are going to lose weight or start an exercise plan; only to find that by the end of January, they have given up on the idea. Others plan to quit smoking or give up some other habit that may be detrimental to their health. Each of these things is great, if followed through with and actually accomplished. Sometimes the idea of a resolution is easier said than done, though. It might be better to choose a resolution that would be a little easier to follow through with or could be more helpful in making each day a little better.
Here are some other possibilities to ponder.
1. Walk a little more each day. Park further away from the store. Take the steps instead of the elevator. Get up to get the remote instead of keeping it handy.
2. Look for a little bit of humor each day. Laughter is great medicine and easy to take.
3. Be kind to someone each day; whether the person “deserves” it, or not.
4. Decide to eat more fresh fruit; be sure to include at least on serving each day. Note: Nutritional recommendations say to eat four to five servings each day.
5. Cut down on processed foods. Eat more raw vegetables and whole grains.
6. Cut down on fried foods. When preparing fried foods at home, use nutritional oil such as olive oil. Eat more nuts and fish to provide more health benefits.
7. Be forgiving. Let go of grudges and resentments.
8. Be grateful for each day, no matter what occurs.
10. Save a dollar a day by cutting out fast food stops, soda pop, or the like from the daily routine. This also cuts down calories.
11. Read the Bible or other inspirational materials.
12. Go to church on a regular basis.
14. Run errands in one trip to save on gas.
15. Trust in God to lessen anxieties and fears.
Whatever the New Year brings, keep this in mind: “I look to the mountains; where will my help come from? My help will come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let you fall; your protector is always awake. The protector of Israel never dozes or sleeps. The Lord will guard you; he is by your sides to protect you. The sun will not hurt you during the day, nor the moon during the night. The Lord will protect you from all danger; he will keep you safe. He will protect you as you come and go now and forever,” (Psalm 121).
May the year of 2012 bring peace, contentment, and joy-filled moments. Happy New Year!
Reference: Good News Bible (1978). American Bible Society, New York, NY.