Editor’s Letter

January 2018 - Editor
by Lori Hatcher

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January 2018 - Editor

I love a new year. I love fresh starts, an opportunity to reboot, and the chance to evaluate what went well and what didn’t. I’m a goal-setting, task-oriented go-getter who plans just about everything. Ask my mother. She knew I was hardwired when I planned my two-year-old sister’s birthday party—at age four. And yes, I make New Year’s resolutions, although I prefer to call them goals.

History (and Wikipedia) tell me I’m not alone. “Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.”

The American Medical Association confirms that 40-50 percent of Americans follow the New Year’s tradition of making resolutions, and that’s a good thing. Surveys show people who make resolutions are more likely to improve themselves than those who don’t.

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