And with that sentiment I wish you all a Happy New Year!
Mr. Christopher Hitchens can really turn a phrase. If you think about it, it’s good, really, really good. If I take it in the context of religion, a topic that he spent a lot of his time on, it seems that we should dismiss anything that cannot be proven outright. Now, my interest is not to upset anyone. I don’t have the intellectual fortitude that Christopher Hitchens had for argument in the nature that he most often opined. But, if I read the quote again it becomes clear to me that we can apply this statement as a catalyst for change to many aspects of our own lives.
The New Year’s resolution is prime example.
It is not difficult to assert resolution (intention) but without action (evidence) it is easily dismissed without cause. What the heck does that mean in the context of the quote above? New Year’s resolutions are shallow promises made in the haze of a hangover on the first day of the year or, forgive me for this one, the evening of the celebration usually in a drunken haze. Sure, there are those that take themselves very seriously and make a true attempt at resolving some personal demons in a forthright manner (making lists or whatever) but who’s kidding who? Do we really want to know these people?
All kidding aside.
The lists of promises we can make to ourselves are long and varied. I am not suggesting that we don’t look for ways to improve ourselves but true to the seasonal assertion without resolution as a catalyst for change is likely not the right way to do it. It opens us up to the opportunity for unrealistic promises that we likely will not fulfill. If you shout it at the top of your lungs, tell everyone your plan or make a list you have simply told yourself and everyone else what you likely will not do. Instead; sit down, stand up, move, get busy. Just do it; whatever it is.
Start now and shut up about it. Don’t talk, take action and there will be no reason for assertion without evidence. There will only be evidence. Evidence that you kick ass!
Go for it.