Resolution - n. from the latin verb resolvere which means "to loosen, undo, settle."
For Millennials, resolution can also indicate the number of pixels on a screen: and for Boomers a resolution can mean a formal decision taken at a meeting, often with a vote!
But for the vast majority of people who use the Gregorian calendar, the 31st December is New Year's Eve and the date when we attempt to make our own resolutions to guide/change our lives in the ensuing year. I have to admit to being a total failure at making resolutions: my preference is for gradual change rather than total revolution, but that's my choice and so far it has served me well.
There are a million reasons as to why we choose to make resolutions and most of them have to do with lifestyle choices:
Then there are the social ones:
Each resolution has its merits and can help launch each one of us into the New Year with renewed vigour. But if you're like me, by the time January has rapidly turned into February, those New Year's Resolutions have long fallen by the wayside.
There is one Resolution which has stood the test of time though. It's an idea that has been resonating in the back of our minds ever since we first heard it as a child, and it covers nearly all those good intentions that we've ever had. This resolution was first presented to us as a Commandment, but I think that if we reflect upon it and take it seriously, then it's a resolution that will not only change our own lives, but change the lives of those around us too.
Happy New Year to you all and may your God be with you.