Tuesday, January 9, 2007

New Year's Resolutions

Almost everyone is familiar with the tradition of making a change for the New Years. However, very few of us can honestly say that we have held to our promises of last year, or of years before. My family has kept up with our own tradition, to change and grow as a family in love.

Every year my mom digs out the old papers from last year and creates new ones for us to fill out. On each piece of paper is one of our names, and two columns. Under the first column is written good things about the person, things we appreciate. Under the second is written what the person will be for the new year, resolutions for them written by others. We have done this for about five years now, and though it hasn't always been fun, it has helped us along as a family.

For the last two years, we have voted as a family for the one who has changed the most. This can be perceived by reading the present year's 'things to be changed', and the 'things to be changed' for next year. If they are both very very similar, then it can be assumed that the person did not change very much. My mom decided to add a bit of a twist to this year's resolutions, and declared that the 'winner' would be given 50B by each family member. And so, the turning of the year came about, as did our tradition. Papers were written, and votes cast. It turns out that I had changed the most, with four votes in my favour. My dad won last year, and we can only await this year's winner.

God's blessings to those of you who made resolutions this year, and may His grace and strength help you to complete them.

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