Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Waxing Poetic on New Year's Resolutions

This year I am going to mail a birthday card to all my best friends and family.  It is something that will be easy to do.  I can buy a bunch of cards at one time and keep in my man-purse (or murse), set my computer calendar to pop up a reminder (complete with the lucky birthday person's address) a few days ahead of said birthday, and keep a roll of stamps with me in the previously mentioned murse.  How simple!  Plus, it will bring a bit of happiness to all my favorite people!

The above was my 2010 resolution, made in late December 2009.

Number of cards sent:  0.

The good thing about end of year resolution making is that, if you do it right, you really contemplate your life and the direction that it is currently drifting.  You can analyze things and determine any deficiencies or excesses in your life.  Perhaps, after close examination, you find that you have an exercise deficiency and an excess of poundage on your frame.  Naturally, your resolution would be then to get in shape and lose anywhere from 10 to 250 pounds, depending on your frame and the excessiveness of the poundage.  It is a scientific fact that 98% of all Americans make this their resolution each and every year.  One thing you should probably also know when reading this blog is that any sentence starting with the words "It is a scientific fact" is completely made up by me.  It helps prove my points.

You can contemplate deeper, more spiritual things as well.  Perhaps you will find you need to lessen a spiritual void in the new year by trying something new or you will determine that you have a really boring existence and need to cut loose and let down your hair in the coming months.  Maybe you will discover that you are very fortunate and would like to help others who are not so fortunate.  On the other hand, maybe you determine that you are not fortunate at all, and that this coming year is the time to take charge and change your circumstances and start heading to fortunateville.

Really, during these final days of the year, the world is your oyster.  What you don't like about yourself, you can vow to change in just a few days.  What you love about yourself, you can vow to share it with a few people or with the world.

I am not going to talk about how these resolutions will end.  It isn't pretty.  It is a scientific fact that 94.7% of all resolutions are broken within one month of being sworn, and 91% of those are entirely forgotten by Easter.  I don't pretend to know how to prevent this, or even to think that I can keep any of my own resolutions.  But the great thing is that at least I stopped for a few minutes and contemplated how my life was currently rolling.  At least I acknowledged what was working and what was not working, and what I really pictured my ideal life to be.

Who cares if the resolutions don't come true when January hits us with its harsh, bitter reality.  We have these final days of hope.  Hope for a new year that will be better, will make us better, and will make the world better.

I am going to contemplate that before making my 2011 resolutions, and I hope you do too.

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