A friend recently sent me this online. I found it
inspirational, and hope you will, too.
’11–it’s pretty simple, really. Some of us began to have a conversation about
New Year’s resolutions. We realized that almost all of the resolutions we’ve
made over the years have been self-serving or self-improving. There is
certainly nothing wrong with wanting to lose ten pounds, save $1000 a month, or
quit smoking…but what if we focused that energy, that attention, on resolutions
that are outwardly focused?
What if we made resolutions that were about
serving and caring for others? And what if we challenged those around us to
make similar resolutions?
Resolution ’11 is at its core a public challenge
to individuals and groups to make commitments to causes and issues that are
close to their hearts. One might make a resolution to volunteer at a homeless
shelter once a month because homelessness and poverty are important issues to
them. Another person might decide to become a Big Brother or Big Sister because
they can remember a mentor that invested in their life years ago. Still another
may resolve to participate in a local run to raise funds for cancer research
because they have lost a loved one. Someone who’s been thinking about it might
resolve that this is the year they will begin the adoption process and change
the trajectory of a child’s life.
Not everyone has the time or the resources to
physically go out and serve, and so a resolution might be to pray or mediate
daily for earthquake victims in Haiti or for children orphaned because of AIDS.
Or one might resolve to donate 1% of their monthly salary to an international
or local service organization.
The possibilities are endless, but don’t get lost
in them–let’s do something. Your investment of time, thought, resource and love
can bring about real change in the world. You have the power to change one life
even now. Let’s resolve to do so this next year.