Last week Eddie, my 6-year old, asked me if I had any "New Years revolutions." That's revolutions with a "v," not resolutions with an "s," and I didn't dare correct him. First because he's my last child, and I therefore enforce a firm don't-you-dare-correct-his-adorable-mispronunciations policy, but also because I think he inadvertently made an interesting point.
A new year is the perfect time for a revolution. Not the kind of revolution that overthrows governments (although), but rather the the kind of revolution that describes a turning around, or rotation.
Resolving to do something is a certainly a worthy intention, but it has its limits. Resolve implies willpower, and everything I've read about willpower tells me that it's a limited resource. Like gas in your car, you can start your journey with a full tank of it, but it will deplete as you go and once it's gone, it's gone.
This explains why I can spend the first half of my day valiantly choosing exercise over sleep, salads over cheeseburgers and work over social media, but by evening am incapable of resisting milkshakes, Netflix, swipe ups, my children's requests to purchase a digital download of The Meg, or the two hamsters they saw earlier at PetSmart.
But revolutions, on the other hand. Revolutions are always an option.
If ever I find myself driving down the wrong road, I u-turn and proceed in the opposite direction. Likewise, if the course of my day or life isn't fulfilling or producing the results I want, I can always revolve. Make a 180 degree turn. Or even a just small pivot, and continue in another direction.
So rather than a list of resolutions this year, I am instead planning to make revolutions.
Birthday cake for breakfast? Revolve and eat a healthy lunch. Overspent on the weekend? Revolve and set a budget for the coming week. Lost my temper with the kids? Revolve, and try to be more patient.
When I'm resolving, I tend to dwell on my last bad decision. Revolving has me looking forward to my next good one.
Happy 2019, friends. May yours be full of U-turns.