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  • Writer's pictureLaTonya Victoria

Have You Broken Your New Years Resolutions Already? this week's Word on the Street!

The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first to make New Year resolutions 4,000 years ago. According to, celebrations would be held to celebrate the new year during a twelve-day religious festival called Akitu. Promises were made to their gods to pay off their debts and return borrowed items. If the promises were kept it was believed that their Pagan gods would bestow good favor on them. If they broke their promises, it was believed that they would fall out of the god’s favor. These are thought to be the first New Years resolutions.

I spoke with the following people and asked them if they made a New Year’s Resolution:

Dr. Carl Edward Moyler who is an accomplished educator, author, and activist said, “My

New Year’s Resolution is to be a senior citizen optimist. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best through Jesus Christ Amen.”

Charles Jones Jr who is a teacher and lives in Xenia responded, “I do not really believe in resolutions because I always break them. It’s better for me to focus on being goal oriented. Because by being goal oriented, I am able to achieve a little bit at a time towards the goal.”

Agaytha Corbin who lives in the Miami Valley and is the Owner of Speaking Grace, LLC., explained, “I really don't do resolutions, but I always do monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals that are in line of where I want to be. Rather it be personal finance, relationships, and business. After COVID, I really tried to make time for what I really want to do. I have one thing that I would really like to achieve for myself.”

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