January 1, 2017

A Mother’s Journey [Part 35]: The resolution revolution

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Courtesy Giselle Rivera-Flores / Leadership Worcester

Giselle, front left, poses with her Leadership Worcester class.

Editor’s note: Since September 2015, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January but has transformed considerably since. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.

Giselle Rivera-Flores

Soon after the confetti hits the floor, most New Year’s resolutions fail. The longing for more productive days, skinnier jeans and better health typically dissipates by the time January turns to February, therefore I have resolved to stop making New Year’s resolutions.

I mean, do I want to be more productive and fit into skinnier jeans, all while trying to rule the world? Of course — but I know conjuring a resolution isn’t going to make that happen.

Most people seem like they want to take on the new year as if it were a completely clean slate. They view it as an opportunity to finally take on life’s biggest challenges — as if the changing calendar will change your attitude. To me, the new year doesn’t represent a clean slate at all; it’s just a simple continuation of the last. It is an illusion of time, this great dividing line, leading many to believe “this is the year” they will be able to accomplish anything.

Read Giselle’s previous chapter, The gift of reflection, or scroll down to explore more of her story


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