It's a new year and that can only mean one thing – resolutions. That’s right it's that time of year when we make promises to ourselves to make drastic changes in our lives. Whether it is to lose weight, start new relationships, get out of a dead-end job, break old habits, or simply spend more time relaxing we are determined to experience real change in our lives. However, as many of us who have created resolutions in the past know our expectations for change are usually too high for us to obtain. Within a matter of days, weeks, or months those resolutions are things of the past.
The reason most resolutions fail is because they are made based on our emotional desires to change something about us or our surroundings in which we feel inadequate or unfulfilled. They are generated without giving much thought to how we will deal with the challenges that will come when attempting to make serious changes. And when those obstacles to change hit – and they always do – we are left unprepared to face and conquer them.
Perhaps this year we should take a new approach to help create positive changes in our life. Let's take a vow to “live with abandon”. Wow, that's a radical thought. But what does it mean? Well, the Newsboys have a song called “Live with Abandon” and the lyrics go like this:
Chasing after this world makes me tired
Praising my own name leaves me dry
There's gotta be so much more to life than this
A higher calling that I missed
I want my life to count, every breath