Homily – New Year’s – 2016
Have you heard the one about the man who was setting goals for the NEW YEAR? One of his goals was to clean up his desk. Another of his goals was to find his list of last year’s goals! — I don’t know about you; but I can relate! – (and if you’ve seen my office; you know that I can!)
The “experts” tell us that only a small fraction of our New Year’s Resolutions will actually be kept; but maybe that’s because our resolutions usually seem too daunting – framed as they are in the language of “I’ll never,” or “I’ll always!”
Since YEARS are lived out one day at a time; perhaps we’ll have better luck with our NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS if they are FORMED and RENEWED on a daily basis. — So, sit back and try these RESOLUTIONS on for size:
Just for today, January 1st, 2016 – I will be friendly and pleasant to everyone I meet.
Just for today, January 1st, 2016 – I will do my best to focus on the good in every situation.
Just for today, I will find something to praise in other people, rather than criticize; and I’ll try my best, to be grateful to be alive!
Just for today, I won’t complain about anything; and I won’t compare myself to anyone else.
Just for today, I won’t curse or use foul language; and I won’t gossip!
Just for today, I’ll let someone else’s opinion be more important than my own; and I’ll make a real effort to include other people in my conversations.
Just for today, I’ll make a real effort to “bury the hatchet,” and let bygones BE bygones!
Just for today, January 1st, 2016 – I will make a real effort to reach out to someone else in their loneliness or pain.
CHANGE IS POSSIBLE – IF we make it ONE DAY AT A TIME. May your New Year’s be blessed!