As the year winds down to a close and 2020 beckons us onward, many people will make a New Year’s resolution—either intentionally or perhaps subconsciously. If you do, you will not be alone. In fact, you will join the ranks of the rich and famous in the quest to make an annual change. Here’s a few from some notably well-known people—
- Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man. –Benjamin Franklin, 18th century founding father of the United States
- Never to make a resolution which won’t be as important on … the 10th of July as it is on the 1st of January. –Cary Grant, 20th century leading man/actor
- I’m a little bit older, a little bit wiser, a little bit rounder, but still none the wiser. –Robert Paul, 19th century pioneer of British film
- Stay glad. Keep hoping machine running. Love everybody. Make up your mind.—Woody Guthrie, 20th century songwriter/musician
- …live each day intelligently, and … meet the future … sanely, calmly, and with courage.—Carole Lombard, 20th century American film actress
- I’ve decided to stop trying to put on weight.—James Stewart, 20th century actor and military officer
- Every New Year is the direct descendant, isn’t it, of a long line of proven criminals? –Ogden Nash, 20th century poet and writer
- Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. –Oprah Winfrey, American media proprietor
- I resolve always to be myself, and not to let them influence me! –Marlene Dietrich, 20th century actress/singer
- The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. –K. Chesterton, 19th century English mystery novelist
- New Year’s Eve: Where auld acquaintance be forgot…Unless, of course, those tests come back positive. Jay Leno, American comedian and television host
- New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. –Mark Twain, 19th century American writer and humorist
- If pages are blank we are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and the first chapter is New Year’s Day. –Faith Lovejoy Pierce, 20th century poet and pacifist
Did you find one that caused you to nod in agreement or made you chuckle? Or you may agree with one anonymous quote that says, “New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out the other!” Serious, sage, or silly—New Year’s resolutions help us to take a mindful inventory of what is important in our lives, and spur us on to adjustments if we have swerved a bit off course.
Whatever your course is this year, I hope you include some visits to the Sedona Community Center and become part of our family of friends here. The Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are so thankful for the community support we receive from individual residents and the city officials of Sedona. Whether support is shown through participation in services, volunteering, assisting with marketing efforts, or funding—it goes towards keeping the Vital Food Services and other programs up and running. I know I speak for all the leadership here in expressing our deepest gratitude and wishing you the best in the coming year. To find out more about the Community Center, visit us at 2615 Melody Lane or www.sccsedona.org.