I am not making New Year’s Resolutions because that would just be making a promise to myself that I am going to make some change or do something amazing and the reality is very few people really stick with their resolutions.
When my children were little they would often say, “Do you promise?” and I would always say, “I don’t make promises.”
Every time my child cried because someone promised them they would do something and didn’t, I would think promises are empty. Promising that we will take the time to do something with a child and then not doing it is destructive. It breaks the trust between the child and the adult. It not only leads to disappointment, it leads to a lack of faith in anything.
My children learned that I did not make promises, but I often said I would try or I hoped we could do something.
My children are grown now.
They know I don’t make promises but they also know I can guarantee them one thing.
I will love them always no matter what. I will love my children.
They have tested this as all children do but they know my love is always there. No promises needed.
I will not make New Year’s Resolutions. I will not make promises. I will take each day as it comes and fill it with love.
Happy New Year!