Which Ideas Change Us – What about a New Year’s Resolution??

As New Year’s approaches and the dawn of a new decade hovers, benign, it is interesting to think about which ideas will change us…and which ideas we will change? So many people look at the changeover of time, from December 31st to January 1st, as an eve of possibilities and dawn of new beginnings. As if it is a freshly painted dwelling in which to make a new home for our soul.

There must be something to this or else we wouldn’t keep doing it…as humans. Perhaps it is the people whose will power and discipline inspire us? Perhaps not. Although I admire them from afar, I think it is the power of ideas and how we see ourselves in that new space that can get us to change. Once and while it works…we walk into this fresh space and hold our old self at bay. The patterns and behaviors that must accompany this newness are clear, at least for an instant, and we celebrate the clarity in a resolution.

Old habits and routines push at the door and we think we lack strength to keep them blocked from entering this new space we’ve created. When this happens, friends are the key – lean where you feel strength pushing you up, toss the ones that will ruin what you’ve created.

If you can’t tell difference, come back tomorrow…Let’s talk about friendship and the soul. 🙂


About Dana Carmichael

Dana has a professional interest in Authentic Intellectual Work. This means focusing on improving intellectual quality in the classroom and increasing student engagement. By day, she does this work with a passion. By night, she is a thematic reader, examining a random essential question for the year through fiction, nonfiction, film and general random conversations.
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