Resolution, Revolution Then Repent
res·o·lu·tion – ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n – noun
a firm decision to do or not to do something.
revolution – [rev-uh–loo-shuh n]
a sudden, complete or marked change in something: the present revolution in church architecture
Our founding fathers did not just make a resolution to create a new nation, they reinforced the words with action. There was a revolution. They revolted! Sound dramatic? Perhaps. On a personal level, the only way for me to make significant change is to have a revolt against my current behavior or habit. Changing my thoughts is a great first step, but without the “revolt” I find myself floundering and all too often failing. I think there is one more word that needs to be included in my recipe for change. Something to add permanency to the change.
Repent – re.pent – rəˈpent
feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin.
This common definition is often linked to religion. I am thinking of the Greek word that translates to repent: Metanoia- “a transformative change of heart”; a turning around if you will. This meaning for repent is the key for change. Without the turning around, change can’t happen. When I talk to someone who has made a significant change such as quitting smoking or the loss of significant weight, there always seems to be a moment of “metanoia”. An about face that drives the revolution which in turn fulfills the resolution. “I was this and now I am this”. Until the heart changes little else is likely to. So simple yet SO difficult.
So for my New Year message I need to channel my “inner Greek”.
I hope you repent, (experience metanoia) which fuels a personal revolution which in turn leads to success in your New Year’s resolutions. And if you don’t achieve a total success at least be above average. (remember the 92% failure rate- YIKES!)