Where did the year go? It seems like it was only yesterday that we were celebrating the coming of 2011; now the year has already come and gone within the blink of an eye. It’s true what they say; each year goes faster than the last. And now it’s time for everyone’s most dreaded annual decision: the New Year Resolution. As you know New Year Resolutions are certainly not new; however, you may not realize just how old they really are.
Let’s travel back in time about 4,000 years to ancient Babylon. In those days, calendars had not yet been developed so residents used late March (the beginning of spring) as the unofficial start of the New Year. The Babylonians were firm believers that the first intentions of the year would be reflected in the days to follow.
To make their good intentions clear, the Babylonian people created New Year Resolutions. The most popular resolution at that time was to remember to return borrowed farm equipment.
You could say times have changed since 2000 BC. In the past two years, the top New Year Resolutions have been to:
- Lose weight and/or exercise daily
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Improve financial situation by getting out of debt
Will you be making a New Year Resolution this year? If so, what do you hope to accomplish in 2012? We will be checking in with you in the middle of January. Good luck!