Dec 27

New Year Resolutions for Peace

New Year’s Eve is approaching, which means it’s time to make your 2013 New Year’s resolution.  Now you could resolve to do something like quit smoking, exercise more, or be better with your money.  However, many people make a New Year resolution for peace.  This resolution is often more powerful or personal than some other resolution.  This is because making a resolution for peace can be much more difficult.  It often requires a major shift in how you live your life and treat others.

On a personal level, resolving to be more peaceful can mean a lot of things.  You may want to try to be more grounded and less stressed during the year.  This means learning how to relax and let things go.  Don’t hold on to grudges or worry over the little (or large) things that you have absolutely no control over.  That’s not to say that you can’t be proactive in your life, but you must realize what you can change and what you can only deal with.

You can also resolve to be a more peaceful person to others.  This means trying not to take your anger out on those who don’t deserve it.  It can also mean controlling your anger even when someone does deserve it!  This inner change can be very difficult to achieve, but if you can do it, it will transform your life.

On a larger note, you can make a resolution to help facilitate peace worldwide.  What exactly does that mean?  Well, unless you’re in a position of some power, it means you’ll have to make little changes.  For example, you might resolve to buy only food from free range farms, or you might make donations to the Red Cross or to groups that are working towards women’s rights in other countries.  This type of change may be inconvenient at first, or it might cost you more money, but eventually, you will adapt to it and it will seem like you’ve always done it.

These are just a few ways you can make a resolution for peace.  What will your New Year’s resolution be?

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