Like many others, I’ll spend part of my New Year’s Day reflecting on significant events of 2020 and wondering what the future holds in 2021.
I’ve also decided I’ll make my traditional New Year’s resolution. In the past, I will admit that I have had problems sticking to my annual resolutions. I think it is because sometimes I would make a resolution even though I knew it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for me to keep.
Many of my past resolutions have been about me ‘doing’ things – I want to ride my bike more, learn a new language, or make weekly calls to my grown children.
I generally start out well. But then something happens where I rationalize with myself that I can do it less and still fulfil my original mandate. Some time later I suddenly realize that I am not satisfying my original goal. Sometimes it takes many months, and others it comes much more quickly.
Maybe that is why I mulled over this year’s resolution a little longer.
I wanted to make a resolution this year that I thought I would be able to keep. I wanted to make sure it was something I could do whether I was at home, at work or travelling. And I wanted it to be something that I thought would make a difference.
I have finally decided on the perfect resolution for 2021. My New Year’s resolution is to do at least one thoughtful act of kindness for someone else each and every day throughout the coming year. The scope or the size of that act of kindness does not matter. What does matter is that it somehow makes a difference in the life of someone else.
There are always limitless opportunities to extend thoughtful acts of kindness and help to others throughout the year. It doesn’t matter where you are. It doesn’t matter what you are doing. I figure that if I can keep this one small promise I have made to myself, it will mean at least 365 more intentional acts of kindness in the world next year on my part alone. It makes one wonder what would happen if everyone would resolve to do the same.
And importantly to me, if I slip to a low of 1 act of kindness per week, then that’s still 52 more preconceived acts of kindness than I did last year.
Think about the impact that would have on the lives of others. That is why I challenge everyone to join me in my New Year’s resolution this year. Let’s all work together and multiply the thoughtful acts of kindness in the world throughout the coming year. Think about what a better place the world will be. Happy New Year!
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