A New You in The New Year

What are your chances of making a change?

Can't think of anything creative? Let me help. How about resolving to become better informed? Why not research things you hear people say, rather than accept them at face value? A perfect example might be New Year's Resolutions themselves. When the topic comes up, why not take a different tact and talk about the origin of the day, how the whole practice of making NYRs evolved? I can get you started with that one right now.

In 153 B.C., a mythical two-faced king of early Rome, Janus, appeared on the calendar. Having two faces allowed him to look at both the past and the future. He became the ancient symbol for resolutions and the Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and exchanged gifts before beginning each new year. Our present day New Years, January 1st, began in 46 B.C. when Julius Caesar developed a new calendar that was more in tune with the seasons. New Year is the oldest of holidays, having been observed first around 2000 B.C. by the Babylonians. Their celebration lasted eleven days which makes our New Year's Eve parties pale in comparison. Obviously there's more to the genesis of New Year's and the whole idea of resolutions, but won't your friends and family marvel at your knowledge when you give them a little slice of what you've learned?

The New Year is upon us, so resolve to reinvent yourself into a new and improved person. Remember to make your goals simple and achievable, and don't allow failure to be an option. Oh, my resolution? Simple, honor God, country, and family by putting them above all else. That's an easy and achievable one.

Stay safe, brothers and sisters!

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