Joseph J. Mazzella
New Life Resolutions

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. It isn’t because I don’t think I can keep them, however. In fact, I think the greatest thing people can do is to see the mistakes that they have made in their lives and then choose to behave differently and overcome them. I have never believed that we are doomed and predestined to remain the same just because of our past upbringing and former way of living. I agree rather with the great psychologist William James who said: “My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will.”


The reason I don’t make resolutions on New Year’s Day is because I think that no one should have to wait until the start of a new year to start a new life. Instead I believe that everyday can be a new beginning, a rebirth, a fresh opportunity to start to live the way you always wanted to live.


Each new day is a glorious gift from God to enjoy, to cherish, and to love. Each new day is the start of a fantastic journey in growing, learning, and becoming. Each new day is another chance to find joy, to bring joy, and to share joy. Each new day is one more time that we can help each other, give to the world, find oneness with God, and be the person that we always dreamed we could be.


Whatever your resolutions are then remember that you have everyday of your life to achieve them. Don’t give up after a few days of the new year. Use that glorious free will of yours to be the person you always wanted to be. Use that fantastic power of choice to fill your heart with love, your soul with joy, and your life with delight. Use that powerful body of yours to do countless good works that bring happiness to others. Use that wonderful mind of yours to make this world a better place with your endless thoughts of love and joy. Use that loving heart and joyous soul within you to create the beautiful life God always meant for you to live.

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