We all know the lines. I am going to take off 20 pounds, I am going to save 5% of my paycheck, I am going to stop complaining about my brother-in-law, etc., etc., etc. We talk about them and them we laugh and we go on about our business without any real serious effort or change. This is a misuse of a valuable tool for self-improvement.
As a new year begins and we look into the future, asking ourselves will 2011 be just another rerun of 2010 and 2009, it doesn’t have to be. We all know people who solve their problems, who overcome their weaknesses and who make life easier for those around them. We should all attempt to move ourselves in that direction. I think that one of the richest areas for self-improvement is to do some soul searching and honestly identify the weaknesses that we have that make life difficult for the people around us. Those changes are not easy but they can be measured with some degree of accuracy.
The Church has a long and rich tradition of the importance of self-examination and of spiritual goal setting. Let’s take advantage of this important symbolic date and look into the future with honesty and resolve.
Onward through the fog.