How Deep Is Your Resolve?
What we learned is reassuring. For the most part youre not in a "new millennium" fever. Many of you are aware of and wish to correct physical and intellectual lapses and bad habits. A few stalwart individuals firmly refuse to resolve. We can respect that. But perhaps your lack of resolve stems from lack of a good idea. Weve decided to adopt Scott Sees submission, to get rich this year, so were offering the News first e-commerce effort, the New Years Resolution Delivery Service ($10 minimum order). Even if you made resolutions, check out our menu for some tasty new choices.
Year after year I have resolved to lose weight and improve my physical fitness. New Years Eve after New Years Eve I have realized that I am heavier and in worse condition than the year before. After half a century of observing this trend the light has finally dawned and this year I resolve to gain weight and be as lazy as possible.
. . . to tap the creativity well more deeply, and to take that giant leap from the idea stage to the action stage. And since I cant seem to do anything positive about what I look like, Ill try to do positive things about what I sound and seem like. And if all my efforts at self improvement fail, I hope to find solace in the fun-loving, pain-numbing realm of self delusion.
Mine are pretty boring. I try not to be too ambitious because I failed miserably last year trying to juggle all of my balls. So I kept it simple. Trying to keep myself healthy (because I was sick so much Sept. to Dec.) by treating my body "well" (notice I did not say lose weight) and whole. Also to go to church at least twice a month (part of the wellness too). Not to procrastinate or panic as much about "perfection" at school work, etc., and keep in better touch with friends.
While one could call these faux resolutions--is a resolution that acknowledges previous failure but fails to correct it really a resolution?--we appreciate their sincerity and humor. Those who refuse to resolve for fear of failure should take note of this soft-sell approach. One non-resolver would probably benefit from some marketing and time-management courses:
Im sorry that I will be of no help to your article. [Ha!--Ed] I have never made a New Years Resolution. If I were to do so now, it would be to clean up my office here (which is still in a terrible disarray from the move) and to put up pictures so it looks like we really live here. But I will probably do those things no matter what. It just doesnt seem like my priority.
No real resolutions this year. Working on re-filling my karma account. Completely blew all my good karma. Long story, but go see Sweet and Lowdown, the new Woody Allen flick. You might recognize somebody in it...
. . . Do at least a little bit of yoga every day. . . . Walk more.
My resolution is to floss my teeth every day! So I dont wind up like my mom, with false teeth!
To the ambitious:
I resolve this year to get into great shape!!! I would like to buy a pilates exercise system!! (A 21st century rack or torture device to help build sinuous muscles. Ahem!!!) Wish me luck!
My New Years resolution has been to use our new Nordic track. . . . Ive been getting on it every other day for about half an hour. I am due to use it today, but I am in a lazy mood. Wish me luck!
(On January 19 this resolver admited that shed procrastinated again--Ed)
Perhaps most telling about these resolutions is the request to "wish me luck!" Click here if youd like to send encouragement to these resolvers and the News will forward it to them for you.
The simplicity and elegance of a resolution like "Listen" almost conceal how ambitious it is. Listening‹really listening, not just hearing‹requires breaking and remaking lifelong habits.
The people with good body images tend to push for quality-of-life improvement. Some are both realistic and profound:
This year, my resolution is to make more time to see my friends The catalyst for my resolution was an unfortunate accident that killed a friend who was at my 40th [birthday] party. On January 4, he was in a freak accident. He leaves behind a 5 year old daughter and a wife that is 4 months pregnant with his son. It makes you think.
[This resolver has already made strides toward success by organizing an outing with a group of friends -- Ed]
Others seem to regard the resolution as a wish:
Im tired of wanting for money. I want to get rich this year. A little rich would be okay. But filthy rich would be even better. Rich enough to charter a sailboat in the British Virgin Island one month a year would be best.
To go on a nice vacation...again. Thats my lifes resolution. And to curb my Loehmanns habit.
And some just sentence themselves (but maybe thats all a resolution is):
My resolution is to fix-up/improve our new house *quickly* to free up time to spend on other things!
And finally, our favorite response, probably because is sounds like what we think wed get if we could ask this question in the year 3000:
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