2019 Resolutions

Posted by Barbara Comito Jan 8, 2019 2:27:47 PM

Words to Direct Our Paths

There's something about a new notebook, a blank calendar, a freshly tilled plot of soil that beckons us. It's a fresh start, an opportunity to create, to fill in the blanks and forget past mistakes. A new year is like that for many of us. We see it as an opportunity to plunge forward with new resolve. We asked staff and residents to share words or verses they had chosen to guide their paths in the year ahead, and several of them obliged. Below you will find their name and UGM association, followed by their answer. We'd love for you to add to this post by sharing your own words and verses in the comment section below.

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A Firm Resolution to Be Softened

Posted by Lynn Yount, Staff Writer Jan 1, 2019 8:30:00 AM

I’ve never been big on making new year’s resolutions.

It’s partly because of a general fear of failure with which I’ve struggled most of my life – I don’t usually start things I’m not already confident I can finish.

Somehow, a “resolution” in my mind had come to mean, “Something I’m going to do every single day to work toward improving myself and/or my environment, because a little effort repeated 365 times ends up being a big accomplishment.”

The reasoning wasn’t bad. Breaking down large goals into little pieces is a good strategy. The problem was that I am unable to keep a commitment to do even one tiny little thing every day. The few times I’ve tried it, even with “realistic” goals in mind, I failed, whether in the second week of January or just a random day in August when something unexpected came up.

If I’m going to make a resolution for this year, I need a better idea of what a resolution is.


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I Resolve to Help the Homeless

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Feb 9, 2015 3:23:00 PM

By Merrily Brast, Staff Writer

"Each and every one of you have the ability to make a profound and beautiful difference in the lives of somebody that is homeless, for the homeless. And when you do this you will make a profound and beautiful difference in your own life...If you find the beauty in just one person..."

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I Resolve to Wrestle

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Jan 29, 2015 2:00:00 PM

My One Word: Wrestle

By Barbara Comito, UGM Director of Marketing

For the past several years, rather than make a list of New Years' resolultions, I've been following the one-word plan. Three years ago, my word was "peace," followed by "embrace" and "awake." This year, my word is "wrestle."

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The Resolution to Change

Posted by Merrily Brast, Staff Writer Jan 8, 2015 9:54:00 AM

By Merrily Brast, Former Staff Writer

Making ambitious resolutions is a New Year’s tradition for many of us. And while the end of January marks the end of those resolutions for many of us, UGM resident Tim O’Brien has chosen to stick to his on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

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A One-Word Resolution

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Dec 31, 2012 5:00:56 PM

Have you heard about the My One Word project?

Tired of the inevitable failure of their New Year’s resolutions, the authors came up with the idea of narrowing their focus to one word. “Our resolutions seldom work because they are based on the type of person we’re tired of being rather than who God wants us to become” (from the My One Word website). We make long lists of things we want to change about ourselves, and for the majority of us, our resolve is broken within weeks. We give up.

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