New Year, New …
I admit it. I’ve done it and I’ll probably do it again. Seriously, who hasn’t? A New Year’s resolution, a new word, a new training program, a new diet, a new resolve to do ALL the things. Where does it all come from? Why do we do it each and every year? If you told me it was because of our remembrance of the Lord and his sacrifice, and our desire to be better for Him, then I just might say okay. I would wonder why we can’t be better for him everyday, but the focus on Christ during the holidays would help me want to believe.
Sadly (or maybe cynically), I don’t buy it. What makes me want to be better/do better on January 1st more so than December 15th or July 23rd or Easter Sunday? Why do I need a word attached to a keychain, a bracelet or a necklace to remind me to pray, to be thankful, to be engaged? Why do I need to recommit myself to lose weight, to eat healthier or just to be an all-around better human being? Is it just another commercialization of a date on the calendar? Did the weight loss companies and gyms monopolize this like flower shops and candy companies for February 14th? I just don’t know but for some reason it bothers me, and I don’t want to go around thinking that I have to wait to be better.
Don’t get me wrong – I am going to buy the keychain, but that’s because it’s a good cause not because I can’t remember to pray. I often found myself throughout 2019 reminding myself to be “engaged”, so I am pretty sure I can do it on my own. I am going to try and stick to my workout and cycling regimen, and yes, I am even trying to eat better. I never said I was above it all – I just wonder why.
Oh, and to take it step further, I’m going to try this blogging thing. Let’s see if I’m still doing this a month, six months or a year from now.