This poem titled “Who am I?,” by an unknown author, serves as a poignant reminder as we make resolutions.
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half of the things you do you might just as well turn over to me, and I will be able to do them—quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed—you must be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great people, and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though.
I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me for a profit or turn me for ruin— it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? I AM HABIT.