We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears. – Francois duc de la Rochefoucauld

It’s January again. Each New Year is an exciting time. It symbolized transformation and starting new. It’s a time when we can let go of the old, shed our past and begin again. It is a time for new inspirations, new hopes,  resolutions, changes.

Nevertheless, how many times have I told myself that I will make a positive change and be a better person each new year?  I always get off track and lose sight of the life I meant to live. December rolls around and I wondered what happened. Where did I go wrong? My excitement became fear. My hopes, emptied.

time to reset

While I can’t exactly travel back in time, there are certain ways I can “reboot” my life. I need to find my “reset button”. Pressing the reset button in my life everyday is a good alternative. I do not have to wait for December again to see how far or how much I have changed.

Why everyday? It is because each day I am faced with obstacles to move forward and be focused. Laziness, bad weather, hurt feelings, rude people, gripes and groans, traffic, sad or bad news, inflation, debts, unloving persons or situations and a lot of negative or “unwanted files” tend to get into my system.  At the end of the day, I cannot hardly emit a “beep”. Instead, a message “invalid procedure” is displayed by my gesture and finally I shut down just like a computer.

However, with each gift of a new day, I should debug my life and re-install good moods, kind words, and loving actions and just like computers, I should pick a life restore point and start reconnecting with people, things and nature.

I may backslide from time to time but I won’t let it deter me.  Life is an ever-changing process and nothing is final.  Just like what Confucious said: “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”

Each day is a chance to begin anew. Before I know it, I will be the person I always wanted to be.

Reset the button

Starting today, let us promise ourselves to press our “reset button” everyday.  Let us promise ourselves not to wait for another day, another month or year.  We should not wait until the beginning of the year to make resolutions.

Each new day is a new beginning.  Instead of saying “one day”, let us say “starting today.”  Start today with this promise:

Promise yourself
to dream more and hesitate less.

Promise yourself
to believe in yourself more
and judge yourself less by
the accomplishments of others.

Promise yourself
to accept life as it comes
and truly make each day special.

Promise yourself
to become more independent
and more willing to change.

Promise yourself
to fill your life
with special times,
and make your dreams come true. – Deanna Beisser


When a man takes an oath… he’s holding his own self in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then – he needn’t hope to find himself again. – Robert Bolt

Oaths are but words, and words but wind. –Samuel Butler

Better a broken promise than none at all.” –Mark Twain

Promises are like babies:  easy to make, hard to deliver. – Unknown

Most of us are pretty good at keeping promises to others and pretty bad at keeping promises to ourselves. –Lawrence LeShan

He who is the most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in the performance of it. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Better break your word than do worse in keeping it. –Thomas Fuller

He is poor indeed who can promise nothing. –Thomas Fuller

The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it. –Napoleon Bonaparte

Promise a lot and give even more. –Anthony J. D`Angelo

Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future. –Hannah Arendt

God promises a safe landing but not a calm passage. –Bulgarian Proverb

Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible. –Hannah Arendt

Vote for the man who promises least. He’ll be the least disappointing. –Bernard Baruch

God… doesn’t promise you happiness and that everything will go well. But he does promise you peace. – Patricia Heaton

Promise is most given when the least is said. –George Chapman

Losers make promises they often break.  Winners make commitments they always keep. –Denis Waitley

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain. –Arabian Proverb

One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises that one makes. –Friedrich Nietzsche

Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day. –German Proverb

You cannot live on other people’s promises, but if you promise others enough, you can live on your own. –Mark Caine

The man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition. –Carl Jung

Put up or shut up. –American Proverb

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