Poem: To the New Year

Posted: March 24th, 2013 under philosophy, psychology.
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New Year
At the start of each year people talk about making “new year’s resolutions”; however it seems so obligatory and somewhat banal (as are many holidays and traditions, in my opinion). We should be consistently doing self-evaluations and bettering ourselves–all year long. Not only that, but I think we value and focus on the wrong things which don’t truly make our lives richer and more fulfilling. Writing is therapeutic for me, and I enjoy writing poetry occasionally. A few months ago I wrote the following poem about making resolutions:

To the New Year

We welcome in a brand new year; it’s time to change our ways.
“Out with the old; in with the new” spurs goals for coming days.
We hear the vows and pledges made, like “I’ll commit to be
More productive, end bad habits, be a better me.

I’ll be more patient, thinner, fitter, be a better friend.
I’ll have drive and discipline,” at least to the month’s end.
Striving to be better, seeking changes and solutions
Should be constant—not reserved for “new year’s resolutions.”

Cheers to our resiliency, to conquering our fear,
To challenges we faced and overcame throughout the year.
To living life with passion, I would like to make a toast.
Invest in the relationships with those who matter most.

Seek out rich experiences, and open up your mind.
Don’t count the days, but make them count; minutia left behind.
Engage in things which cultivate your curiosity.
Life’s not a destination, but a meaningful journey.

Until death comes appreciate the time you have before you.
Strive not to be successful, but rather be of value.
Live each day to the fullest, let enrichment be your cause.
Don’t be sad because it’s over; but smile because it was.

–January 3, 2013


  1. This is wonderful! What a great perspective on life. Love you and love the poem!
    Thanks fo making this a better day for me. Hope it’s a great one for you too!

    Comment by Nola Wilkinson — March 24, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  2. Very well said. Thank you. :)

    Comment by Sara Sterling — March 25, 2013 @ 8:48 am

  3. Thank you, Nola. I’m glad you gained something from it. It’s not always easy to look past the mundane daily details and see the big picture and what’s important. I think it’s something we have to be constantly working on.

    Comment by Kirsten Uhler — March 29, 2013 @ 7:51 am

  4. What a fantastic poem, Happy 2014 to everybody out there!!

    Comment by AJ — December 31, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

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