To me, New Year’s Day is not any different than any other day. I don’t believe a random point in the time measurement system we’ve created requires us to make a list of things we need to change or improve. In fact, accepting ourselves and those around us as beautiful human beings is a far better awareness of reality.
Resolutions often fail for a reason, and it’s only slightly related to intention or discipline. If we really want to manifest our resolutions, we also need a practical path of transformation. Things can happen in many ways, including unpredictable ones. Change takes effort. Most of the time we are run by our habits – deep-rooted mental and emotional patterns built up over our whole lifetime if not longer. But conditionality also says nothing is fixed, and everything is possible with effort and insight.
If we really wish to penetrate the deep mysteries of existence, I suggest starting with generosity and kindness. Practicing generosity leads naturally to a broader practice of ethics, an essential precursor to a calm and peaceful mind. In result, we gain perception and insight…the only thing needed for true authentic change.