I just finished reading Deepest Roots of the Heart by Chautona Havig. I wasn't too impressed with the story, but I absolutely loved this thought about New Year's resolutions.
"The pruning comes at the New Year as a reminder to cut away the dead and useless from our life in order that we can grow and flourish as we were intended." How many times had his father or grandfather said those words as they walked the vines on New Year's Day? Resolutions were not about what new things would become a part of their lives in the coming months but about what old things were no longer profitable for their physical, spiritual, intellectual, or emotional health. p. 173