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Why New Year's Resolutions Seldom Stick...
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"New Year's Resolutions Seldom Stick."

Reads like a headline, doesn't it? Written about the month of February each year, at about the time that resolutions, like the kind I've been thinking about lately for myself, fade away...disappear...get lost or just left on a pathway of failed expectations.

So, why don't they stick?

Maybe it's because, instead of thinking in terms of what we wish to do or to change next year, we should be thinking of what we wish to do or to change...Now! Jesus said, "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes" (Matt. 6;34).

The Buddha said something of the same thing when he advised, "Do not dwell on the past; do not dream of the future; concentrate the mind on this present moment." Maybe the way to make resolutions stick...the way to make lasting changes in your life...the pathway to becoming the person you wish to be, is to live this day or, more accurately, this moment in the fullness of the power that is available to you now. But, only now. You have no power tomorrow until tomorrow arrives as the timeless now.  You have infinite power now.  So, maybe we should think less about what "I'm going to do in the new year," and, instead, think more about who I'm going to be now!"

You could never do in the future what you think you cannot do, or refuse to do, now. Resolutions likely do not work because their attention is always in the wrong place - the future, which exists only as an anticipation, instead of the now, which is all you, I, or anyone else has. The future, if and when it ever appears, will only EVER appear as this present moment.

What you can BE now becomes what you DO tomorrow.

Best wishes and Happy New Moment...Beginning with this one.


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Happy New Day!

Hi Dr. Steve,

I loved your post, most dearly!  My wise father injected this into our lives since the day we were born. Your words resonate with his in every way, and have served me with a life filled with more blessings than I can count.

Thank you very much for your beautifully-written words, that he would have written himself, (if he had your talent in writing) which I will keep with me from this "day" on. :-)

Happy and Blessed New Year!




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My Thanks.

Thank you Catherine. Have a most blessed New Year.

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"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24.

From this "moment" on... 

Thank you so much for your most "timely" source of grace.