Others believe the year descends upon us like a predator, bringing with it an army of worries and trouble and no small amount of tests for us to endure, hoping against hope that we come out of it unscathed.
The truth, as I see it, is that each year--indeed, each passing day--is a bit of both. We have a measure of goals, a measure of spontaneity, and somewhere someone (or something) is going to try to interfere with it.
Ultimately, it is up to us to be responsible and creative so as to overcome any tribulation set before us, never losing sight of the fact that every breath is a gift that at one time, perhaps long ago, we promised we'd use wisely.
Failure to do so is no one's fault but our own, because it isn't what happens to us, but how we respond to it, that sets the tone for success or stumbling.
This is why I don't believe in new year resolutions. I make resolutions all the time, not letting something so random as a calendar designate the pace and inertia of my existence.
If this isn't you, and you enjoy resolutions this time of year, then I wish you the best in 2011. And, if I may share something that might help you along with your goals, no matter if you made them on December 31st, or if you're like me, constantly making them with every pair of heartbeats.
"Sometimes it takes patience and perseverance to get things done. In my opinion, change never happens fast. It only happens fast to people who weren't paying attention. Change--real change--takes time. It takes someone realizing that a goal is not something you get from a vending machine. You have to save up for it, and have the discipline to see it through. Often you have to compromise along the way. You get a little here, get a little there, a step forward, a step back, etc. But eventually, you get there. Maybe along the way you learn that the goal you were striving for isn't really your objective, and it alters a bit, or you alter a bit. But the bottom line is that no one gets anything by demanding it. You work hard. You keep at it. You grow. And one day, you look up, and you're there."
Now, let's get this year started properly, shall we?