Here comes 2020! Are you ready for a new year? A new DECADE?
Ancient Babylonians started the tradition of New Year’s resolutions around 4,000 years ago. Originally intended as promises made to their Gods, New Year’s resolutions eventually morphed into a January 1st tradition by virtue of Julius Caesar.
During that time, the resolutions were accompanied by sacrifices to their Gods. Christians later adopted the practice of resolution-making to simply reflect on past mistakes and vow to do better in the future.
The modern practice of making New Year’s resolutions is not typically one connected to religious beliefs. One hold-over from the prior days of this practice is the reflection on what one is not doing well in life.
Inherently, resolutions require us to self-reflect upon what sorts of changes we need to make to have a better life. Sometimes this kind of self-reflection can be challenging to explore. It asks us to take an honest inventory of ourselves and assess the ways we may be acting against our own best-interest or value systems. It can be painful.
APPROACHING YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS WITH SELF-LOVE