I am not one to make New Years Resolutions as such, but I do like to set personal high goals and will often write them down. It helps me to see them in black and white as a reminder to keep my goals front and center.
For a lot of people, New Years Resolutions include exercising more, eating less, more time with the family, etc. Although these are well and good, we should really be asking more of ourselves than that. The end of the calendar year is a good time to take inventory of our lives, of the thing that have gone well and those that have not. It is a good time also to raise the bar and plan a new year in which we try to reconcile with a friend of family member when necessary. It is a good time to determine, in a meaningful way, that it is time to be a better husband, father and brother.
Listen I know it is easier said than done. But, if we do not do it now, then when… next year?
We should all try to right a wrong whenever possible, but a new year gives us an actual dividing line between the old and the new. In Haiti, people take January 1 as the day when folks that have been angry with one another reunite. I invite you to do the same. If this applies to you, then seek the one who hurt you, or the one you hurt, and fix it.
Life is simply too complicated, to busy and too difficult to make it worst by carrying pain or anger around. Let it go. If you do so, next year will be better for this simple cleansing act. If you are angry with a parent, mend it right away. If you have argued with your spouse seek forgiveness or forgive right away. Set as a goal to do whatever is necessary in order to begin the new year with a lighter heart and a broader smile.
Life is but a short walk on this earth, I encourage you to live it well and fully, so that before you close your eyes for the last time, you are pleased with your efforts and your legacy. Because believe it or not, we all leave a legacy, whether we are rich or poor, educated or not, we all leave a legacy of our time on earth. A legacy is far more than a monetary, a legacy is how we are remembered by others. Therefore, our legacy to our children and grandchildren should be one of Honesty, Honor and a Life Well Lived.
Make a New Years Resolution then to live, laugh and love with everything you got!
I invited you then to remember the words of Mark Twain…
“Sing like no one is listening,
love like you´ve never been hurt,
dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like it’s heaven on earth.”
I am Attorney Martin E. Regan, Jr. and these are my personal thoughts….