Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Resolutions

I guess I understand the genesis and the theory of New Year's Resolutions.

New Year = New You.

In a way, it makes sense. Most of us have things we would like to change about ourselves, and somehow it seems the be easier to contemplate starting anew at some official demarcation.

Happy New Year!

It can be so easy to set oneself up for failure by making a concrete declaration:

"I'm going to exercise three times a week for an hour and a half each time."

Right.

"Lose 30 pounds by my birthday."

Uh-huh.

"Improved my mind and vocabulary by reading a page of the dictionary every day."

Now where did that dictionary get to?

"Clean the garage."

You and what army?

"Give up chocolate."

Get real.

So I decided to make just one resolution that covers all the bases.

I resolve to try to do more of what I know I should do and less of what I know I shouldn't do.

Sounds good. It's open ended enough not to blow up in less than a week. And I only promise to try, not to accomplish, the whole dang shebang.

Let's see how far I get with it...

4 comments:

KC said...

Great idea! I had lots of resolutions in mind but have decided to use yours instead. I'm all for a kinder approach to the new year.

Kate said...

Hmmm... I think you've landed on a good idea. I shall follow your lead! :)

thismngardener said...

sounds like a plan!!

Snowbrush said...

Sounds like a plan!