2015: become a solutionary.

 

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Resolutions are like bad boyfriends.

Everyone knows you have one. Your friends and family are just simply biding their time until you break the news. Then, they politely comfort you when it comes to a halt, even though you were daydreaming of reaching that one-year mark. Resolutions are like bad boyfriends.

Fortunately, there is more to a New Year then one-month gym memberships and fat-free salad dressing. After I woke on Jan. 1, completely missing the ball drop and also my opportunity to form solid resolutions for 2015, I recognized that the New Year is no more a chance for me to make a change than any of the other 364 days. More than that, I have an opportunity each day to put emphasis on the things I believe in – the things I also believe need the most change.

Recently, I listened to a podcast that shook my passion for social change even more; firing up a belief that unjust systems can be undone. Grace Lee Boggs* stood on The Moth stage and told her story, about her life in civil rights and her husband Jimmy Boggs:

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“It is such a wonderful time to be alive, because we can create solutions and he [Jimmy] was a solutionary. He could do visionary organizing; propose things that people really wanted to do but didn’t know they could do until someone told them they could do it. And that’s the sort of thing we need today – visionary organizers. The crisis we are in is really an opportunity; we can change the way of this…There is opportunity to create a new society.”

An important thing to note on Jan. 1 is that resolutions are often temporary. Make life long changes instead. Aim for things you never thought possible and believe that you can be apart of something far larger than yourself. You could end up like Grace Lee Boggs, standing on stage at 98 years old inspiring the next generation.
You can listen to the full podcast here.

*Grace Lee Boggs has been involved in nearly every social movement over the past 75 years; labor rights, civil rights, Black Power. “She challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.”[1]

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[1] http://www.pbs.org/pov/americanrevolutionary/

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