Well, here we all are at the beginning of a new year once again. Many of us have made resolutions, and some of us have already broken them. Sometimes the best resolution is not necessarily to make new ones, but to start over again on the resolutions that we’ve already made in previous years, especially if they have to do with how we perceive the world around us and our roles in it. If we look at the bigger picture, just for a moment, it’s fairly obvious that there’s a lot of work to be done on our ability to live with and tolerate each other. It helps to realize that every person on Planet Earth is subject to the same human failings. Circumstances may differ, sometimes wildly, but our reactions to them are all too similar at times.
Instead of focusing so much on ourselves when we make New Year’s resolutions, it might benefit us better to make resolutions that focus on what we can do for each other. Tolerance, kindness and understanding go a whole lot further than just personal goals. An interesting thing happens when we start focusing on others instead of ourselves. The things that we once found so important tend to fall by the wayside as we begin to see the impact of our efforts to give of ourselves to others. Rather than just existing in our insular worlds of home and work, we find that we are beginning to broaden our horizons and learn so much more about ourselves by helping others.
Try an experiment. The next time you stop to buy that coffee to go on the way to work, pay for the person behind you. Or when you see someone struggling to carry their groceries to their car, offer to carry something for them. The more you give of yourself, the more you’ll receive in ways you can’t even imagine. But most of all, do it with love. Here’s your chance to start over. Make this the year of giving for giving’s sake.