It’s December, and that means family gatherings, kids being on break from school, painful commuting traffic due to snow (like today!), and… lots of Facebook posts, blog posts, and inspirational quotes about making resolutions for the upcoming new year.
Although it’s cliché, there is something to be said for the feeling that comes – even the freedom that comes – from deciding that things are going to be different in the new year. It is common for people to put off tackling their major life decisions (in my profession the decisions I tend to hear about involve getting divorced or filing for bankruptcy) during the holiday season. Then, come January, they are ready to make those decisions and give themselves a “fresh start” for the New Year.
Not everyone will have major life-changing events occur in the next year – and that is a good thing. Those who are sailing smoothly into 2014 can help support those who will be facing a more challenging 2014. I am not talking about financial support here , either. We can be patient with one another and try to be more understanding when someone seems like they are having a rough day.
“Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”
– J.M. Barrie
My goal for the new year is to keep the above quote at the forefront of my mind.