There was a lot of talk on the radio this morning about New Year's resolutions and whether or not having resolutions is worthwhile. Some people have several, some a few, some none. One comment was that it isn't worth making New Year's resolutions because they almost always fail. But if we don't make resolutions, how are we to grow? Sure, we may not always succeed in every resolution, but with each attempt, we grow a bit, we learn something and we get that much closer to our own ideal.
I don't remember if it was a New Year's resolution that got me to finally commit to exercising, but ten years ago, for the umpteenth time, I made the commitment to workout regularly -- and it stuck! I had made the same commitment many, many times before. I would jump into exercise with gusto, just to let it fade to the back burner within a few days or weeks. But ten years ago, I started out again and that time I never stopped. Exercise is now as much a part of my daily routine as brushing my teeth (though thankfully I didn't decide to not brush my teeth last month when I took the month off from exercising). If I hadn't resolved to start exercising...again, I never would have found that success.
So, for me, I'll keep making resolutions, whether they're New Year's resolutions, September resolutions (the start of a new school year still seems like a good time to begin anew) or resolutions made for a milestone birthday. I'll keep making the resolutions, renewing my commitments, trying again and again and every once in awhile I know it will be for real.