By Eugene Y. Chan, MD
First, Happy New Year! But what is it about our New Year’s Resolutions?
Are we always stuck on this endless treadmill of making the same ones?
How can it be the same one as last year?
Weight loss, exercise, love, friendship, success, money. We seem to yearn for the same things, that gives us hope. To hope is to be human. We may never seem to reach them, they are ideals that we hold in our heads. That is what is so powerful about it.
Size 2, no size 0 is better. Grade A, no A+. 2000 sq. ft, no 3000. Part of this is an inner thirst for the betterment of ourselves. It is what makes us build cities, send rockets to Mars, and to understand DNA. But what is it that makes some of us able to do it and other not?
Someone once said to me, “Your life is made up of the sum of all the little decisions that you make from day to day.” Likewise, the amount of willpower and mental focus that you give each minute, of each meal, each rep, or each hug, creates who you are. A businessman who greets someone with a half-hearted smile will not be as successful as the one who remembers your name, dog, and the color of your tie. An artist who paints only when told to will only see his works on his desk. Don’t be that.
Send your spaceship to Mars,
See your art in the MoMA,
Find your inner DNA,
Live each minute of your life with gusto.
Be well and stay focused.