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The Rockin' Rev January 2019

ROCKIN REVas published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


New Year Resolutions

I must lose weight! I must take more exercise! I must stop smoking! The start of a New Year is a time when people typically think about making resolutions for the New Year. If you’ve yet to make your New Year resolutions or you just want a few “outside the box” ideas then maybe the seven potential resolutions listed below will give you a kick-start:

  1. Take a “selfie” at twelve interesting places.  That’s one per month. You don’t have to travel to far-away exotic places but as they say “The world is your oyster”

  2. Learn a decent party trick.  You never know when this might come in handy and impressing others can do wonders for your self-esteem

  3. Make a new friend every month.  This will do wonders for your health and wellbeing.  If you go down the social media route this should be really easy

  4. Sample a new food.  Ready-to-eat insects, grubs, crickets, and mealworms might not be to everyone’s taste but supermarket shelves are stacked with lots of interesting stuff these days

  5. Make the usual the unusual.  Daily rhythms and patterns are vitally important but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing day in, day out. According to research, nearly half of our daily behaviours typically happen in the same time and place. Break out a bit. Introduce a bit of disruption into your life. Get your brain ticking and unleash your imagination

  6. Do something for others.   The scope is endless. You could pay someone a compliment; bake a cake for a neighbour; give someone your undivided  attention and take the time to be a good  listener; become a blood donor; donate unwanted items to a charity; become a volunteer; sponsor a child in need

  7. Think about one of life’s “big” questions.   Does my life have meaning and purpose?  Is there such a thing as right and wrong?  Can I make sense of life and death apart from God?

All that remains is for me to wish every reader a happy New Year
Rev Brian Hall
Vicar, St Andrew’s Church


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