A new year, a new chance to live a better life. That’s the idea behind making a New Year’s resolution. More than 60 percent of Americans routinely mark New Year’s resolutions — 8 percent keep them, according to the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology.
A new year, a new chance to live a better life. That’s the idea behind making a New Year’s resolution.
More than 60 percent of Americans routinely mark New Year’s resolutions — 8 percent keep them, according to the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology.
The top resolution every year is to lose weight, according to the journal. That’s followed by becoming organized, saving more money, enjoying life more and becoming more fit and healthy.
Area residents are among those making 2013 resolutions.
“I am a goal-setting queen machine,” said Nancy Ockrin, Crown Point Chamber of Commerce co-chair. “Trust me you do not want to hear all my various categories of New Year’s resolutions, let alone the contents of each.
“One main resolution from which all the others hinge, one resolution from which all others evolve and which needs daily tending to, for the successful completion of any other...” she pondered. “And that? That would be that I remain a branch, healthy, alive and quite connected to my life giving vine. Translated, that means above and beyond anything else my absolutely essential, personal, daily goal for 2013 is to maintain an authentic, on-going relationship with my Lord and God. Why? I need to first nurture that goal daily to even begin to tackle all the rest of my resolutions, of which there are many.”
David Hirtle, pastor of the Crown Point Congregational Church, also has a “big picture” resolution.
“Frankly, I’ve never been big on resolutions for the ensuing year; I guess I am afraid that I might not live up to my own expectations,” he said. “That said, there is a challenge to move out of one’s comfort zone if you feel that ‘something must be done about something.’
“I believe that it was Gandhi that said: ‘Be the change that you hope to see in the world.’,” Hirtle added. “Now there is a challenge and a worthwhile resolution. I stop to consider how many times that I have been critical about something, someone, an event, a personal agenda, just something that irks me. How quick I have offered comment without commitment.
“Yes, I think I will make a resolution this year,” he said. “And you can hold me to this. I resolve, that instead of being an armchair quarterback, I am going to make a greater effort to share and be the qualities of gentleness, honor, truthfulness, excellence, peace, patience, faithfulness, joy, love towards my faith, my neighbor and myself. I’m going to listen to others instead of simply waiting to replay. I’m going to work to demonstrate respect and the sacredness of life.
“Yes, I think I will work to ‘be the change that I hope to see in the world.’,” Hirtle said. “Who knows, I might make a difference in someone’s life.”
Matt Courtright, executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce has a pair of 2013 resolutions.
“My New Year’s resolution is actually two things,” he said. “One, to stay positive and create a more positive atmosphere in my own life and the community. Positivity is contagious and can benefit everyone.
“In addition, my wife and I are taking part in a weight loss challenge and have loss a significant amount of weight, he said. “We plan to continue to lose weight throughout 2013. We are losing weight to be healthier people and to ensure we are healthy for our daughter.”
Beth Hill, executive director of Fort Ticonderoga, is looking for continued success in 2013.
“My first inclination for my 2013 resolutions was to say, ‘Just keep doing what began in 2012’,” she said. “Perseverance is critical to both personal and professional success. Beyond that though, here are my 2013 resolutions:
“Celebrate success! The beauty in life is the journey to our goals. Each step towards our accomplishments should be a moment to stop, evaluate, and celebrate.
“Love. Spend more time enjoying each and every special moment with family and friends.
“Listen. Spend more time listening than talking. Sometimes passion takes over, but listening is an essential part of a spirit of service.”
Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava has a unique resolution.
“My resolution for 2013 is to not make any more resolutions,” he said. “I’m 56 years old and have made resolutions for years — I don’t think I’ve ever kept one. Then I punish myself for not keeping my resolutions. I’m done making resolutions.”