This, of course, would be if I actually made resolutions …
According to Statistic Brain, 45% of Americans typically make New Years Resolutions. Of this 45%, only 8% are successful in achieving said resolutions. However, if you are in your twenties (I certainly do not recall that decade), your likelihood of success increases to 39%*. http://www.statisticbrain.com. Given my more advanced age, Statistic Brain has enlightened me that my chances of attaining victory with resolutions would hover around 14%, convincing me that there is simply NO point in wasting my time even making a list! But if I did conjure up some lofty goals for resolution in 2014, these would be my top 5:
#1. World Peace – Who could possibly forget John Lennon’s plea for global harmony; “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join me and the world will live as one”. Speaking of ONE, this 3.5 million member (myself included) philanthropic organization co-founded by U2’s Bono, also partners with brand giants such as Apple, Starbucks and Belvedere to raise awareness of crises worldwide. Working with political and community leaders, the ONE organization is highly effective in advocating and implementing policy solutions to combat extreme poverty, AIDS, other disease, lack of education and rampant corruption, thus saving millions of lives worldwide. http://www.one.org
#2. Pay It Forward – I do not need to look far to realize that my worst day in any given week would be someone’s best day. Often a smile, a shoulder to lean on or a minute to listen is all it takes to brighten the day of another. Each of us has countless opportunities to positively affect the people we engage with daily, whether they’re colleagues or strangers. So perhaps in place of routinely reviewing my own stresses and/or presumptively judging the behavior or choices of others, I could dedicate that wasted time to offering much needed hope for struggling people everywhere who are far less fortunate than I.
#3. Be Thankful – Thank God for His abundant grace which is powerfully evident in every single minute of my life. I strongly believe that life is meant to be savored and experienced to its fullest potential, but frankly it’s moving a little too quickly for me. It is good to recognize, however, that aging (along with the frustrating little aches and pains which seem to accompany it) is a blessing and a privilege which is denied to many! And I am always and ever thankful for those who have blessed me with meaningful and beautiful relationships in the past, yet for varied reasons we have chosen to move in different directions, and to countless family members and friends who continue to to be a vital, amazing and deeply appreciated part of my life today.
#4. Stay Healthy – Continue healthy eating, a vigorous and frequent exercise/fitness routine, annual yet unappealing wellness visits to my health care providers, enjoying and appreciating the many people in my life who make me a better person every day, laughing as frequently as possible, eliminating unnecessary stresses and CELEBRATING THIS PRECIOUS GIFT CALLED LIFE!
#5. Financial Security – I resolve to start playing the lottery weekly.
Ahhh, if I were purposeful and accomplished these five resolutions (especially #1), I’d be one mighty proud woman. What I will resolve to do is ardently work AND succeed in accomplishing #2, #3 and #4. We all have the innate power to affect ourselves as well as those we share this earth with in truly positive ways. By consciously being thankful every day for the gifts we already have, by turning frowns into smiles, by offering hope and dignity to others, we automatically begin chipping away at the seemingly endless barriers which prevent global peace and harmony. Perhaps #1 is unattainable in the near future, but assuredly it is well worth the grand and long-term effort it will take to eventually achieve such a lofty and beautiful goal.
* Source: University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology