OUR VIEW: New year is 365 chances for a fresh start

Forget about those New Year’s resolutions and don’t use them as an excuse to wait a year before trying again

There’s something about a new year that inspires us.

For many, it’s a time to take stock of where we’ve been and to make hopeful resolutions to do better in the year ahead.

We resolve to be kinder, more attentive to others, and generally better people.

On New Year’s Eve, many partake in what they pledge will be their last drink; their last bite of high-calorie indulgence; their last day of slothful indolence.

And the next week is sure to show a decided uptick in gym attendance and at the grocer there’s a surge in the sale of kale and steel-cut oatmeal, whatever that is.

But in truth, a month from now most all of us can begin paving the road to hell with all those well-intentioned resolutions.

That’s human nature…and it’s the basic fallacy of New Year’s celebrations. While the turning of the calendar page appeals to our sense of tradition, celebrating the new year with false hopes can’t help but lead us down the road of repeating past behaviours.

Here’s a better option.

Forget the promises you made. Instead, realize that every new day is a blank page and a chance to take stock of what went wrong in the days past. It’s a chance to stir up the courage to do better.

And if, on any given day, you fail in those pursuits, recognize that the dawning of the next day gives you another chance. Along the way you are bound to make mistakes and even fail miserably at some pursuits.

We hope you do. If you’re making mistakes…if you’re failing… it means you’re still trying.

It means you’re exploring new thoughts, new loves, new challenges in life. It means you’re pushing yourself, learning, trying things you’ve never tried before or persevering in the quest to realize long held dreams.

So forget about those New Year’s resolutions and don’t use them as an excuse to wait a year before trying again.

Don’t worry about how yesterday’s efforts weren’t perfect. If you never stop making mistakes, along the way, you may find that you’ve managed some victories you would have never won had you waited a year before resolving to try again.

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