The Timeless Charm of New Year’s Resolutions

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Since ancient times, when the days finally begin to lengthen again, around the beginning of the new year, people have been celebrating the return of the light, and with it, the return of hope. That hope inspires us, and we make resolutions to discard what no longer serves us and set new and better goals for the new year.

We probably saw our Mom and Dad make resolutions. That’s where we first learned that every year is new, and we can always start again.

It’s a testament to our perseverance that regardless of how successful we are at keeping last year’s resolutions, we still make them, every new year. And if they stick, we just might gain a productive new habit or help us learn something new that sticks with us for life.

But what I love the most about new Year’s resolutions as Executive Director of The Willows is how enduring this tradition is. I am surrounded by residents who make a new set of resolutions, every year of their lives. And that is inspiring. They stop me in the hall to share them with me, just as excited about them as the first ones they made.

That’s why New Year’s Resolutions are so charming. They reinvigorate us. They restore hope, they remind us that even after a long and full life, we have the energy and enthusiasm for new goals. Every single year.

Resolutions are not just for the young. They are timeless. They are for all of us. They unite us and keep us learning and growing and working towards a better life together. And that is a wonderful thing.

I’d love to hear your resolutions. Give me a call sometime at 485-6172. Let’s make this New Year better than the last.


Jennifer Stanley
The Willows of Marshalltown