“Don’t let having a bad day convince you that you have a bad life.”

I give up too easily, sometimes.

New Year’s Day is right around the corner and with that comes the hope for things to be different. We embrace this change by deciding on our New Year’s resolution. I love it.

It seems that there is much negativity about the idea of resolutions and this is based upon the high failure rate of the people who make them. I don’t really understand this. Making a change meaningful enough to reserve it for a new year should be drastic enough for there to be a strong possibility for failure.

I have an in-law who once announced that he had given up lobster for Lent. His son, who happens to be a preacher, light-heartedly informed him that the idea was to sacrifice something meaningful, not to give up something that doesn’t mean anything.

My point is that resolutions are supposed to be hard. They are designed with the possibility of failure within them but that should not be an excuse not to give it a try.

My resolution is to not be so hard on myself for failing to follow through on my resolutions. I want to be more aware that falling short of the goal one day does not give me permission to give up entirely.

A journey is a journey, and it is meant to be such. One day does not determine the success of something measured by long-term results.

Should I decide that I want to eat more healthy this new year and on day two I pound a cheeseburger and a milkshake, I want to celebrate that I had one day of a healthier lifestyle and see if I can make a day three comeback. This is not Jenga, pulling the pin on one mistake does not mean that I should allow all of my goals to come crashing down.

This year, I will be easier on myself. I will try things that are designed to make me better, I will try things that have the potential for failure, and when I fail at these things, I will try them again.

My resolution is to try. If that doesn’t work, I will try harder.

Peace, Love, and all things Beef related,