I recently drove by a school that had the virtue of the month on its billboard: Self-Control. The irony, of course, is that during the month of December, almost no one exhibits self-control. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or a teen or an adult. Come December, most folks seem to go into a state of temporary insanity.
They eat whatever they want. It doesn’t matter if they know they’re diabetic, heart-attack prone, or artery-clogged. People gorge themselves on sweet, cholesterol-laden goodies of infinite variety all month. They give it to other people, even if they know those people shouldn’t be eating the things they’re offering.
They spend w-a-a-a-a-y more than they can afford to buy. Everyone mentally compares what they are spending with what the other people at work, school, or church say they bought their loved ones. Guilt sets in. Gee, I love my family just as much as they do. What will my kids/co-workers think if I don’t spend at least close to what they spent? And kids listen to what other kids are bragging about getting for Christmas, and ask their parents why they can’t have the same things.
And sadly, many adults will have no self-control of their drinking at holiday parties. Later, they won’t remember much of their conversations with people, or what outrageous behavior they may have displayed.
Instead of waiting till January to come up with those great resolutions, how about starting now, in December? Make decisions that help you control your behavior as well as your wallet, and you’ll be a lot happier at the end of the year.