Editorial: Resolving for change

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Broken your New Year’s resolution yet?

Yes, we’re only a few hours into the new decade, but let’s face it, many people have already failed to meet the goals they set for themselves.

If you’re one of them, don’t worry, you’ll have lots of company.

One reason people fail to achieve those lofty New Year’s resolutions is the “lofty” part; they’ve set that bar where it’s just too far out of reach.

Year after year, the top 10 list of resolutions looks much the same: Exercise more, lose weight is always up there, as are the money-related resolutions.

It’s in a good cause, for sure. Improving yourself is always important.

But most people don’t manage to make those drastic changes, especially at a stressful time of year, while suffering the after-effects on holiday indulgence, whether that be spirits, food or sweets.

That’s no way to set yourself up for success.

Still, reflecting on making positive changes isn’t a bad way to finish up the year. Even if you’ve given up on making New Year’s resolutions, taking the time to reflect on where you’ve been and where you are going is always a good way to learn and improve.

We can be awfully rough on ourselves this time of year with the goals we set, but why not set some more fun goals instead? You could, for example, resolve to spend more time with family or friends.

Learning a new skill is another good one. It might take a little work, but if you pick something you’re always wanted to do, the satisfaction will outweigh the effort.

But there’s another category that doesn’t revolve around self-improvement, and that’s making the world better for others. Charity doesn’t usually make it too high on the top 10 resolutions list, but it is almost always there, which is a hopeful sign for humanity.

For instance, think about what would happen if we all resolved to increase our donations to the food bank, or your favourite local charity, by a few dollars a month. How many more people could be helped?

Making resolutions is fun, no matter whether your goal is improving your body or mind.

But there is one resolution we’d like to suggest for everyone. Be a little kinder to yourself and everyone around you. It’s the first step on the road to making a better world.

READ MORE: SilverStar to ring in new year with a pow

READ MORE: B.C.’s top local news stories of 2019


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Entangled gopher snake freed from netting in Coldstream

Local wildlife expert offers a reminder to homeowners following the snake’s rescue

Spallumcheen road blocked following truck collision

Both sides of Salmon River Road have been closed

Two Buddha statues stolen from Vernon yards

One owner said her statue had been left undisturbed for more than 10 years

Water levels starting to recede in Shuswap River

Though a positive trend, City of Enderby high-water restrictions are still in effect

Vernon woman seeks replica of treasured children’s toy

Monique Lee hopes someone has a replica of the Winnie the Pooh toy they’d be willing to part with

VIDEO: B.C. dentist gets grand welcome home after two months in hospital fighting COVID-19

Michael Chow was given a surprise send off by hospital staff and ‘welcome home’ from neighbours

‘Like finding a needle in a haystack’: Ancient arrowhead discovered near Williams Lake

The artifact is believed to be from the Nesikip period between 7,500 BP to 6,000 BP

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

Friends, family mourn Salt Spring Island woman killed in suspected murder-suicide

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for Jennifer Quesnel’s three sons

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Indigenous chief alleges RCMP beat him during arrest that began over expired licence plate

Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam calling for independent investigation

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

UPDATED: Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park arrested

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

Most Read