Franke: A New but Old List of Resolutions

December 30, 2020

by Mark Franke

I am not going to resolve in 2021 to exercise more or lose weight. Sure, I need to do both those things and will work on them, but I won’t take the cheap way out and declare them to be my New Year resolutions. They are too easy to make and even easier to break.

Rather, I am looking inward at my character and resolve to focus on those positive aspects which ought to define it and personify it to others.  I’ve identified nine personal attributes that bear improving. I think this would be a good list for everyone but I must begin with me. 

Here is my list of nine resolutions. Just writing about them has given me a good start toward keeping them.

These nine resolutions are ambitious and quite different from the typical list. They are inwardly focused yet with clear outward manifestation. They all must reside first in my heart, continually, and sometimes they will pour out when the base part of my nature doesn’t want them to. I hope that is often.

As a first step toward improving my character, I will come clean and admit that I can’t claim pride of authorship for this list. It is nearly 2,000 years old. 

But then, St. Paul was writing for the ages.

Mark Franke, an adjunct scholar of the Indiana Policy Review, is formerly associate vice chancellor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.


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