In the vast majority of instances in which New Year day is
selected for the inauguration of resolutions, the resolutions take the
form of "swearing off" bad habits. The value of a good resolution
depends upon its endurance and in most cases the New Year reform
as ,to bad habits is only temporary. But there -is another form of
good resolution the resolve to form good habits and so, since it
is easier to acquire habits than to let go of them, why not, at the
beginning of this new year, resolve to acquire a good habit or two?
Let Us struggle our very best against our bad habits, but let
us determine to pay particular attention to being more helpful in
our daily lives to others, for instance. This would be a good reso
lution and, if we persist in it, it will become a mighty good habit.
There is no poor man or. rich man, no carpenter, or architect,
or editor, or merchant, or teamster, or any other man in active life
but can, in his daily work, help some other creature in some way.
Doing so becomes a habit and the -acquisition of such a fine habit
depends only on systematic thought and determination.
To illustrate: Suppose that you are a boss overseeing a lot of
men. When you arise in the morning, you think over those men,
not to consider how much they will do during the day for the wages
paid them, but to consider if you cannot help them a bit in matters
outside the daily grind. It strikes vou that Bill Jones is drinking
too much. Yqu will give him a word of sensible advice. Tom Wil
liams has a sick wife. You can ask about her and hope she'll im
prove. Maybe your circumstances enable you to render more sub
stantial help. If so, good, but we are not discussing the other fel
low, but you and your acquisition of a habit. JThe size of the thing
you do doesn't matter. What matters is that .you do it with definite
purpose. The size of your helpfulness and your size are bound to
grow, for the human heart is like the human biceps bound td en
large with exercise.
Now, such are the hurry and worry of your daily grind, that
there will be some days in which you have not purposely, with that
New Year resolution in mind, helped anybody, little or much. When
you put your head on your pillow; ask yourself about your New
Year resolution every night. If you have forgotten that daily act
of unselfishness and helpfulness, you will not that night enter the
realm which is "the simulation of death" without resolving to do
two such acts on the morrow. If you have been true to your re
solve, you will have driven anpther rivet in a good habit that will
likely outlast all the "swearing off" you could be party to on New
Year day, and God bless you!
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