This year for my New Year's Resolution I'm doing something I've never done before. I'm reusing last year's New Year's Resolution. Exactly as I used it last year. No change. No update.
Am I doing this because I failed at it so miserably? No. I'm doing it because it was a smashing success.
In a sense I guess I'm not doing something I've never done before - I'm doing something that I have already been doing.
So here it is: last year my resolution was to never say anything about someone behind their back that I wouldn't say to their face.
It was hard. But it was so good. If I'm honest, I just did it so I wouldn't get myself in trouble. But it went way deeper than that. I found myself not only striving to say things that are kind ... but I found myself feeling more gracious and compassionate. I spent a whole year really challenging myself - and not always succeeding - to think the best of people, to assume positive intent, and to not let pettiness get in the way of a more charitable worldview.
I didn't do it 100% of the time, but I still feel like I succeeded. So I'm renewing it for 2016.