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December 18, 2008

Because We Can . . .

One reason we make New Year’s Resolutions (NYR’s) is because it is the one time of year its considered normal, expected even, to share our personal growth or “greater good” goals with other people.
Not only are we encouraged to make NYR’s, but it’s the only time of year that we are regularly invited to talk about them. When we hit the middle of July, who in your circle of friends or family is asking about your goals for the upcoming fall season?
The idea that we are able to openly talk about these things hits a compelling nerve. Do you have goals you are proud of and have even the slightest chance of achieving? That’s just begging for a conversation with anyone who might be willing to listen.

We make them because we can . . . . . share them.

December 16, 2008

Why do we Make New Year’s Resolutions?

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Why do we make New Year’s Resolutions??

When I wonder why we do what we do, my first instinct tells me to look at history.

I learned the following:
New year’s resolutions. The ancient Babylonians began the idea of New Year’s resolutions as a way to start the year off with a clean slate by returning borrowed items.

Then from:

I learned this:

The tradition of the New Year’s Resolutions goes all the way back to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar. With two faces, Janus could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.

A clean slate?? Forgiveness of our enemies?? It’s amazing how much hasn’t changed in over 2000 years.

Before we examine the multitude of reasons why we make New Year’s Resolutions in 2009, take a few minutes and look at the sources of historical information about this unique tradition.

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