The idea of New year resolutions is dated back to the days of Judaism when at the start of the New Year, (also called Rosh Hashanah) people reflected on their wrongdoings throughout the year.
This helped them to ask and seek forgiveness as well as help the needy.
Resolutions are about achieving set goals in life.
Keeping resolutions is important, but few people think about how they can improve other people’s lives.
“Visiting vulnerable children in orphanages is one simple thing that can bring happiness,” says Rose Ngabire a student at ESA Secondary School in Gikondo.
She said that her resolution for 2010 was to, “Visit an orphanage and make orphans feel part of society.”
Richard Nshuti, a student at ETO Muhima Secondary School says what’s important is to look back and seek for forgiveness from those we wronged over the last year.
“While we strive to achieve the best daily, we need to consider asking for forgiveness from those we’ve hurt and wronged,” Nshuti said.
Nshuti added that donating food, clothes and giving orphans a good education are resolutions that can be achieved. “It doesn’t have to be about ourselves, people can choose to change the lives of the needy through their actions.”