As we all face a new year, most of us will look within ourselves to find something that we can improve upon. Let's face it, we're all works in progress. I personally hate this time of year. As someone who works out year round, it is extremely annoying to have to miss a class or not be able to use equipment because the "resolution people" have invaded the gym.
However, I also think there's something really great about people trying to improve themselves. While we shouldn't have to wait until a certain time of year to do so, it is wonderful that people show the effort. I began thinking about how this applies to our relationships. In reality, our relationships don't make it into our resolutions enough. We vow to workout more, eat less, lose weight, get that promotion, save more, get a new job, find true love, and the list goes on. How often do we actually vow to nurture the relationships that we currently have?
We should all make a conscious effort to improve upon our relationships. Vow to talk less and listen more. Plan on taking deep breaths before overreacting. Don't jump to conclusions. Don't get mad because others aren't acting the way you expect them to. Try to tell the people in your life how you really feel and take more time to show the ones you love that you care.
I guarantee that if you make your new year's resolution about others, you will soon find that you have become an improved version of yourself. Happy New Year!