5 condolences: New Year’s resolutions

Losing weight, spending more time with friends and family, quitting smoking…many people make resolutions each New Year’s.  While I never make a specific resolution, I do make a conscious effort to be a better person each year.  And I like to spend New Year’s Day reflecting on the year that has passed and the year to come. 

2010 brought moments of great joy – the most exciting was that I learned I was pregnant with my second child.  And just two days later, we headed to Napa for a family reunion to celebrate my Aunt Dee’s 80th birthday.  For the first time in more than 25 years, the entire family was able to come together.   But 2010 also brought great sorrow – Aunt Dee was killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver less than 3 months after that reunion.  I will feel forever blessed that we were all able to be together before Aunt Dee’s passing, and I know that it meant the world to her.  The joy and laughter we shared over glasses of wine (or water, in my case) will stay with me always.

As I look to the year ahead, I know it will come with great joy.  And perhaps some sorrow.  But I also know that I will spend the year striving to be a better person regardless of what may come my way.  Here are 5 condolence messages in which people share their resolutions for the year ahead:

  1. Having known Raye for 26 years I was heartened by her statement at the CFA meeting that she hadn’t made a New Years resolution to be on time, so I am still expecting her to arrive shortly telling me that she has been to Shepparton or beyond to buy fed for the goats. [Published in The Herald Sun]
  2. Don’t be afraid to say no. Don’t feel obligated to do everything that everyone asks of you. Spend your time where you value it the most. This was your news years resolution a few years ago and I’ve adopted it. [Published in Chicago Tribune]
  3. My only birthday wish was having MY WHOLE FAMILY at my birthday party, But we all felt as if you were there. On New Years, my new years resolution was to have a better year. [Published in The Boston Globe]
  4. 2010 is almost at it’s end and soon most, or at least some of us will be making new year’s resolutions. I usually stay away from them but this year I’m going to give it my best shot! My new year’s resolution is …. to try and say hello, good night and love ya every night of the year. [Published in the Edmonton Journal]
  5. It’s the first day of a new year. I’m praying for a new season for us all. Time goes by so fast these days. I pray that 2011 is a year for healing, and letting things go. Trying to be more positive makes me feel better. There will be no New Year’s resolutions for me. I’d break it anyway:). [Published in The Plain Dealer]

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About Katie

I joined Legacy.com in 2002 as a part-time content screener and now serve as Director of Operations, overseeing Legacy’s day-to-day operations (Guest Book screening, obituary processing, customer service, and client service). I grew up in California, the daughter of a psychologist and a minister. My parents instilled in me the importance of listening to and caring about others. One of the things I appreciate most about working at Legacy.com is that I am able to have a small part in easing people's pain during one of the most difficult times in their lives. In my life outside of Legacy, I enjoy baking treats (and bringing them to the office to share), playing the piano, reading, taking pictures, tending to our vegetable & herb gardens, trying out new restaurants and foods, spending time with my husband, Chuck (whom I met at Legacy) and our kids, Brett Jr. & Josie, and playing with our hound dogs, Mugsy and Bo Jangles.
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