Thursday, December 30, 2010

Resolved: Starting January 1

I am a master of the obvious.  So, today is the perfect time to consider New Year's Resolutions.  The tradition of the New Year's Resolutions began in 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar.

Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future with his two faces. Janus symbolized for the ancients our present appetite for resolutions.

So, as a review:  we commit to a new commitment for the New Year because of a make believe 2 headed god?  Excellent.

While I am pro taking inventory (looking back and learning), pro commitment, pro growth (looking forward with wisdom) and support calendars everywhere, I wonder about the soundness of New Year's resolutions
 (success rate between 8%-12%).  I suspect FB will be stocked with them over the next few days.

Two faced god aside, I don't think there is anything contrary to faith in a New Year Resolution (NYR), except perhaps the temptation of self directed, centered living--even and especially for "good" things. 

Examples of a NYR
From Pittsburgh Daily, the standard bearer list
  • Spend more quality time with family and friends
  • Fitness
  • Weight Loss
  • Quit Smoking
  • Enjoy life more
  • Quit Drinking
  • Get out of Debt
  • Learn Something New
  • Help Others
  • Get Organized

From  one Mystic Raven of the very wide world wide web
  • Accept Mortality
  • Accept That We All Worship Different Gods
  • Garden
  • Spend Time Thinking
  • We Comfortable Clothes
  • Enjoy Formality (etiquette, minus shoes, I think)
  • Remove Shoes
  • Eat Something Strange
  • Spend a Day in Bed
The first list is a common combination of common sense and abstract intentions for growth (why would anyone want to learn just one new thing in the next 365 days and what does it mean to enjoy life more)?

Mystic's list, while it lacks any ambition or substance and fully embraces as much nonsense as the first list has common sense, it does have the benefit of breaking the 8%-12% success rate.  I suspect many of us could accomplish a day in bed if we focused.  The shoe thing and comfy clothes too. 

What would Christ's list for us be? 
  • Love God
  • Love Others

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