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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Facing the New Year 2011

It’s New Year once again! It’s time for New Year resolutions! However, people from all walks of life make resolutions going into the New Year only to break them after a few weeks.

Usually, some people promise to eat less and exercise more. Others promise to become kinder and more compassionate. Others promise to work or study harder but I think nobody promises not to break their promise. Oh, it’s really hard to keep a promise that entails a lot of personal sacrifice!

Historians say that the tradition of making New Year resolutions can be traced to the Romans, who put the image of their mythical god, Janus in their calendar. Since Janus has two faces, one in front and the other at the back,  it can see both behind and front. They believe that it can help them recount their past actions, reflect on them and at the same time look toward the New Year that is about to unfold.

The Jews also celebrate the New Year with a sort of spiritual New Year resolution.  It is a time for them to reflect on their life, seek forgiveness for the wrong they have done and a new strength to face the New Year.

Whether you believe in making New Year resolutions or not, may the New Year be a fruitful one to all of you.

Happy New Year!

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from Psychology Today published on Dec 31, 2009; 
originally posted at Sacramento Scoop

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