Exalted Rulers Message
Welcome 2015! by Ernie NunesHappy New Year to all!!! I want to start by thanking all of the volunteers for all of their hard work as this has been and will continue to be an extremely busy time for all of us. I'm reluctant to single any people out because there are so many of you. The Elks Kid's Christmas Party was fun, with a slightly different format. Instead of doing the normal Christmas Party for the Pine Hill/South Bay School District we opted to use those resources to help their food baskets programs for families in need. I have been at the lodge as much as life will allow and it is mice to see so many of you enjoying the lodge. Moving forward we have a lot going on. State President Henke and first lady will be here January 8th-11th with his official dinner at the lodge, Saturday the 10th, all are invited. The next weekend is "Weekend in the Redwoods" always busy and fun. This is also time for the officers to start practicing for their new parts in ritual. We know they will do well. Any of you wanting to volunteer check with the office and they will point you in the proper direction. For the newer members, f you have any questions, feel free to ask any of the officers. If we don't know the answer. we can probably find someone who does. Once again, God Bless You and Happy New Year!
Ernie Nunes - Exalted Ruler
New Year's Resolutions
A New Year's resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. A key element to a New Year's Resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. People committing themselves to a New Year's resolution generally plan to do so for the whole following year. This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous.
The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.
The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.
In the Medieval era, the knights took the "peacock vow" at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.
At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions.
There are other religious parallels to this tradition. During Judaism's New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one's wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People may act similarly during the Catholic fasting period of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility, in fact the practice of New Year's resolutions partially came from the Lenten sacrifices. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.
At the end of the Great Depression, about a quarter of American adults formed New Year's resolutions. At the start of the 21st century, about 40% did.
Early 20th-century New Year's resolution postcards reflect some resolutions (see illustration.)
Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.
Popular goals include resolutions to:
--Improve well-being: lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, stop biting nails
--Improve finances: get out of debt, save money
--Improve career: get a better job
--Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music), study often
--Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent, perhaps watch less television, play fewer sitting-down video games
--Take a trip
--Volunteer to help others, practice life skills, use civic virtue, give to charity
--Get along better with people
--Cutting down on drinking
--Making new friends
--Trying foreign foods
The nature of New Year's resolutions has changed during the last decades, with many resolutions being more superficial and appearance-oriented than in previous times. At the end of the 19th century, a typical teenage girl's New Year's resolution was focused on good works: she resolved to become less self-centered, more helpful, a more diligent worker, and to improve her internal character. Body image, health, diet, and desired possessions were rarely mentioned. At the end of the 20th century, the typical teenage girl's resolution is focused on good looks: she wants to improve her body, hairstyle, makeup, and clothing.
A 2007 study by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying "lose weight"), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.
Quoting Frank Ra (author of the new year's resolution book "A course in happiness"): "Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year's resolutions".