Happy New Year! I trust you’ve enjoyed your holidays as much as I have. With the exception or having come down with a nasty cold a few days ago, I feel truly blessed. Hey, even that cold might have been a blessing. It kept me inside for three days!
While battling my cold, I had a chance to catch up on some reading. I finished up Al Sharpton’s new book, “The Rejected Stone.”
It is an amazing piece. Sharpton has many haters out there, but it’s hard to even dislike the guy after you’ve read his views on a wide variety of subjects that hit home.
Also, I was leafing through a popular black magazine, Ebony, when I came across a short article written by its editor, Ms. Amy Barnett. The article shared her thoughts on what she called “The 7 Things That Hold Us Back.” Although written for an African-American audience, I think much of what she had to say applies to any human being.
Specifically, it made me think of all those New Year’s resolutions I have made and, frankly, can’t even remember. I suspect most of us do the same thing. So, without getting into all the background on this day’s tradition, I began to wonder why, if my suspicions were correct, so many people make resolutions they never keep.
Ms. Barnett gave me part of the answer. She wrote: “The end of the year is a great time to reflect. ... But before you begin to look forward, you’ve got to look back and shake off some of the things that could be holding you back.”
I read on.”Setting goals without addressing habits and behavior that need to change is pointless.” And there it was. Common sense. I think most of us tie our New Year’s resolutions to some specific thing we want to accomplish, say, losing weight.