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Monthly Archives: January 2014


Thus 2014 begins.

This is the time of year where the fateful (and/or dreaded) New Year’s resolution comes to mind; some people take this very seriously, and legitimately see the turning of the new year as an opportunity to make a change (or many changes) in their lives.

Then there’s the rest of us: I resolve to (work out more/eat better/live every day to the fullest/read that book from high school I never finished/start that novel/learn an instrument/ask that person out/so on and so forth).

I almost laughed when a friend of mine asked me what my New Year’s resolution was. I’ve basically written it off as a yearly exercise in futility. It always seems to be some ridiculously large overarching goal that you’re excited about for approximately 3 weeks and then, by February, you go, “Well, didn’t get that done; oh well!”

It wasn’t until I looked deeper at the word “resolution” that I decided that I’d write this post.

Resolution has a pretty standard definition: a firm decision to do or not to do something. However, it’s the root of that word that truly intrigues me and excites me for 2014.

That root, of course, is “resolute”: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.

We all make resolutions with the understanding that it’s a goal, or a hope, or a wish. What it really is, though, is a promise, a purpose, a vision. Look at what you want from this life; listen to that wisdom deep inside you that gives you your motivation, your inspiration, your spark. It’s from that point at which you make your resolution; your truest self, your inner strength, or, as James Blunt so wonderfully puts it, your bonfire heart.

When you listen to that voice, making a resolution is easy, because you can throw the entire core of your being behind it, and you’ll love every second of it.

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t say that achieving that resolution would be easy. As I keep learning, anything worth doing on this rock isn’t easy; it takes sweat, tears, passion, love, support, effort and whole host of other things to work toward your goals. What I am saying, though, is that you can make a resolution that you are in alignment with, month after month, and go after with an admirable purpose, a gritty determination and an unwavering sensibility to do something amazing.

Last night, I rang in the New Year with a dear group of friends; we’ve all reached that point where, as one of them has so truly put it, we have to find our own traditions to put together so we can see one another. Just after midnight, I shared a poem by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, excerpted here:

“Do not go gentle into that good night./Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

As this New Year begins, seek light, both your own and the one that burns within each soul you encounter. Be resolute in your life, so that others see and embrace that resolution in their own lives. Thomas was talking about the light of day; I encourage you to rage against the dying of any light, my friends.

A happy and healthy New Year; let’s make 2014 the best yet 🙂