Today is usually the day that people make their New Year’s resolution…March is usually the month they break it. Perhaps we’ve chosen the wrong word to express our determination to resolve an issue, or a situation. The original meaning is from the Latin resolutio-/resolution, from resolvere, meaning "to loosen or dissolve again,” i.e. March.
Recently I have seen comments on Facebook, and also heard television personalities speak of New Year’s revolution. I supposed this could be beneficial as a “drastic change in ideas or methods.” However, I suspect a New Year’s revolution would be more “a cycle of successive events or changes.” Sometimes we repeat and repeat – and end where we began. The hope for those resolving to create a New Year’s revolution must be “a sudden, complete or marked change in something: the present revolution in church architecture.”
My decision this year is for a New Year’s evolution. The definition is “A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.” Therefore, I have not broken or left my resolution for 2011, but I will keep moving forward and changing into a better form of what I decided last December.
Up until today, my resolution of a revolution had become a convolution. But on this day, December 31st, 2011, I can state I have received absolution for the dissolution of my resolution. I do not have to concern myself with restitution of my resolution. I realize this may sound like circumlocution, but I can say whole-heartedly, I am on my way.
Happy New Year!