I bet you and I are doing the same thing.
At the close of every year, it's inevitable. We look back at what we've done and what we haven't done. On what we wished we'd done, and what we wished we hadn't done. We look at the ways we've grown, the ways we fell short. No matter how you measure up, take a look at your life and try a little harder, to be a little better.
President Hinckley said:
Each of us can do a little better than we have been doing. We can be a little more kind. We can be a little more merciful. We can be a little more forgiving. We can put behind us our weaknesses of the past, and go forth with new energy and increased resolution to improve the world about us, in our homes, in our places of employment, in our social activities.
We have work to do, you and I, so very much of it. Let us roll up our sleeves and get at it, with a new commitment, putting our trust in the Lord...
May we go with determination to try a little harder to be a little better.
This counsel doesn't only relate to our religious endeavors. It's about everything we do. At the beginning of every year, our family sits down together and we each think of something to accomplish during the year ahead. Usually, we set goals within four categories: personal, spiritual, health, and family. We write them on cards and put them in little envelopes, then pile them all into a small giftbox tied with a gold ribbon.
Because that's what it's all about--growth. If we don't set goals, if we don't challenge ourselves, if we don't step outside of our comfort zone, how will we be able to expect or help those around us to do those things? And if we fail, fail, fail, we just need to keep on trying. Each day we can try a little harder to be a little better.