The tradition of the New Year’s Resolutions goes back to the year 153 B.C. when the mythical king of Rome, Janus, the god of beginnings and the guardian of doors and entrances, was placed at the head of the calendar. 

Janus was depicted with two faces. One could look back on past events and and the other face looked forward to the future. 

Thus the name of the first month, January. 

Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.  

At midnight on Dec. 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking back at the old year and forward to the new.

Today, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are the closest to a single global celebration event on Earth.  And the tradition of making resolutions for the new year is also one of the most universal activities our Human Family has in common.

The word resolution has several meanings. However, at the beginning of each new calendar year, the assumed meaning is:

Res’-o-lu’-tion n. 2. a thing determined upon; decision as to future action. (Webster’s New World Dictionary)

The word has its roots from the word “resolve.” However, New Year’s resolutions have also become so meaningless that, by some estimates, approximately 95 percent of those resolutions will be forgotten and left behind in an average of 30 days from the day of their “resolve.”

Let’s look at the new year of 2012 as an opportunity to improve that 95 percent statistic. 

One way to consider improvement is to forget making a New Year’s Resolution at all! 

Instead, decide, right now, to make 2012 the best year of your life by thinking of the entire year as the production of a movie of your life. This is a movie the you will write to make the story turn out as you wish, you are the director and producer to make sure that all elements of the story are as you desire and you are the actor, who works diligently with the other actors in your immediate universe, to make sure that the end result is a movie that you will be proud of and will have meaning and purpose for you and those you care about most.

As you create the script for your movie of your life:

• May 2012 be the year more of us learn the value and pure joy in volunteering, donating, or helping others

• May 2012 be the year that the world becomes a better place because of something you have chosen to do before Jan. 1, 2013

• May 2012 be the year you finally take care of the things you have been putting off in the past and feature them as an active accomplishment in your 2012 movie

• May 2012 be the year that more of us get involved with nonprofits, schools and other     service and charity organizations to help them thrive in the future.

• May 2012 be based upon making a difference for the lives of others

• May 2012 finally be a year of peace, love, happiness, giving and prosperity for all.

Thank you for being here to make a difference.

Happy New Year!

Dave McSpadden is a resident of Waxahachie. He is a motivational speaker and author of “Gonna to Jump? ... Take a Parachute,” an No. 1 best seller. McSpadden may be reached at