Resolutions–haven’t we all made them? And broken them? Very likely we acted for the wrong reason—out of the attitude that this was something we were “supposed” to do. It was a way of looking at faults we’d like to get rid of, and giving ourselves a pat on the back for trying. But did we ever expect real change? Did we begin by honest self-examination? What is it about myself that I genuinely wish were different? What actions of mine cut into my popularity? Am I a complainer? A worrywart? A habitual procrastinator? Look at one of these character faults. Really look. Do I sincerely want to improve the atmosphere in which I live? If so, focus on the behavior that gets in the way and ask why. Decide to make the world a little better. Act on that decision. Call on God who is always there to work with and through us.