January 17, 2017
LIVING BEYOND: LIVING OUT OUR RESOLUTIONS
Dr. Asa Don Brown
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each year we begin the New Year with a desire to renew, rejuvenate and to reinvent
ourselves. Each year we create proclamations, resolutions, and heartfelt announcements
that we will change. Our aspirations for change will cover a broad perspective of our lives,
but you can rest assured that many of our resolutions will have to do with bad habits. We
have become so accustomed to making these resolutions that we wait until the end of the
year to begin anew. What if we were capable of living out our resolutions on a continuum?
What if we were capable of renewing our lives on a daily basis? After all, a resolution is
merely a firm and mindful decision to do, behave, or not to do something. Moreover, a
resolution is a formal and contentious expression of intent; with which we are resolved
and determined to do something. It is through our eagerness that we are seeking to
change a singular or multiple perspectives of our lives.
Think upon the following questions:
• Are we capable of making lasting change?
• Are we hardwired to think and act in particular ways?
• What would happen if we were to change; how will we fill the void of change?
NEW YEAR, FRESH START
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
I am a firm believer that any person, at any time, can make lasting and permanent
change. As a person who has his own personal basket of peccadillos; I am continuously
seeking ways to improve my life. A critical turning point in my personal and professional
life occurred, when I recognized that I had been equating my personal self-worth with my
successes and failures. It was a life-changing moment that began to revolutionize my way
What drives me to seek change? Why am I concerned with improving my life? I