I do not remember a time when I was successful at keeping a New Years Resolution. What I do remember more than anything else is disappointing myself because my big plans and big dreams dissipated well before they had a chance to get off the ground. I cannot remember a time when the New Year brought a serious time for change.
I am more successful during the season of Lent. Maybe because it is 40 days and maybe because of the religious connotation behind the sacrifice. However what I do during Lent is to take on something I may need to improve my life. I have given up meat for forty days. It took a lot of work and creativity but I survived. I also felt as if I had accomplished something good. I believe it was more about the conscious thought that there was nothing that I could give up or take on that was worth more than what Christ did.
So do I normally keep resolutions? The answer is no. Can I remember a time when I was successful at keeping a New Years Resolution? No. Do I encourage those with the discipline and dedication necessary to make and keep resolutions? Absolutely. However don’t ask me about my resolutions because I have none to share.