The new year is upon us, which means people are into the thick of their new year's resolutions. Setting resolutions is a tradition in which a person resolves to start or continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life.
There's a common, or maybe not so common anymore, expression that just may fit for this particular year's resolutions. Perhaps you've heard someone say "hindsight is 20/20" when things didn't go quite they way you anticipated them to.
In hindsight things are obvious that were not obvious from the outset; one is able to evaluate past choices more clearly than at the time of the choice.
How does this apply in our lives?
Sure! We've all done things that didn't work out as we hoped, or have had things happen to us that were unexpected, but every choice we make and every challenge we face provides an opportunity to learn and grow from.
Consider this year an opportunity to set one or two resolutions that provide a space for you to grow in your awareness of diversity and inclusion, or how you may address racism and discrimination in our community that leads to a more welcoming and inclusive community.
Setting and Keeping Your Resolution
Apparently, more than half of all resolutions fail, but perhaps that's because the goal was not meaningful or even attainable. Maybe it is a goal you felt or thought you needed to set because of an expectation by family, friends or society. It may even be too vague or there wasn't much thought out into it.
Keep a couple things in mind when setting your resolutions. First, and probably most important, make them meaningful to you. Second, make them SMART. That's right...
Finally, when it comes to setting resolutions that address lofty issues such as racism and discrimination, or create a community that is more welcoming and inclusive; keep in mind that every action, no matter how small, makes a difference.