Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, hoping to spark positive change. The recurring themes each year include a more active approach to health and fitness, improved finances, and learning new things for personal development.
But sometimes, it’s pretty likely that most of us will fail to stick to our resolutions — at least if failure is judged in an absolute sense because sometime they are impossible to achieve. Well, the key to an attainable New Year's Resolution can be seen in the list itself! How? Well, one can learn from the simple list of New Year's Resolution from Pope Francis:
1. DON'T GOSSIP.
“When you gossip, you are doing what Judas did, and begin to tear the other person to pieces. Every time you judge another in your heart or worse when you speak badly of that person with others, you are murdering him/her. There is no such thing as innocent slander.”
2. FINISH YOUR MEAL.
“Throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the poor and the hungry. Reflect on the problem of thrown away and wasted food to identify ways and means that, by seriously addressing this issue, you are a vehicle of solidarity and sharing with the needy.”
3. MAKE TIME FOR OTHERS.
“If the Pope can find time to be kind to others, if he can pause to say thank you, if he can take a moment make someone feel appreciated, then so can I. So can you.” -Fr James Martin
4. CHOOSE THE MORE HUMBLE PURCHASE.
“Certainly, possessions, money, and power can give a momentary thrill, the illusion of being happy, but they end up possessing you and making you always want to have more, never satisfied. Put God in your life, place your trust in Him, and you will never be disappointed.”
5. MEET THE POOR IN THE FLESH.
“Hospitality in itself is not enough. It is not enough to give a sandwich if it is not accompanied by the possibility of learning to stand on one’s own feet. Charity that does not change the situation of the poor is not enough.”
6. STOP JUDGING OTHERS.
“If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge? Let us not forget that hatred, envy, and pride defile our lives.”
7. BEFRIEND THOSE WHO DISAGREE.
“When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families, and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give you, if you know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice.”
8. MAKE COMMITMENTS.
“I ask you to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide. Yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility, that you are incapable of true love. I have confidence in you and I pray for you. Have the courage to swim against the tide. Have the courage to be happy.”
9. MAKE IT A HABIT TO ASK THE LORD.
“Dear young people, some of you may not yet know what you will do with your lives. Ask the Lord, and He will show you the way. The young Samuel kept hearing the voice of the Lord who was calling him, but he did not understand or know what to say, yet with the help of the priest Eli, in the end he answered: 'Speak, Lord, for I am listening' (cf. 1 Sam 3:1-10). You too can ask the Lord: What do you want me to do? What path am I to follow?”
10. BE HAPPY.
“Joy is a pilgrim virtue; it cannot be held at heel, it must be let go. It is a gift that walks, walks on the path of life, that walks with God. Preaching and proclaiming Him is proclaiming joy, that lengthens and widens the path.