Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I don't know anyone who makes New Year's resolutions, and I never hear anyone talk about having kept them. It's as if no one believes they can change for the better anymore, that even trying to is a waste of time because failure is guaranteed.

Not true.

If you resolve to break a bad habit,
visit a foreign country you've always dreamed of,
or learn to play a musical instrument, you can.

If you resolve to learn how to fly,
end a dysfunctional relationship
or move to a new place, you can.

If you resolve to save money,
exercise and eat right,
or meet the person of your dreams, you can.

Any thing you resolve to do, you can.

Among its many definitions, "resolve" is a musical action verb meaning "to progress from dissonance to consonance." In my mind this is symbolic of both the energy and purpose of the new year. Each of our lives is a composition, and if you resolve to create a beautiful, inspiring, adventurous symphony, you can.

In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way." Exactly. This is what New Year's Resolutions are all about.