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New Year's Resolutions

To be resolute or not to be resolute, that is the question.   New Year’s Resolutions are a lot of pressure, if you ask me. I am amazed by those who can make resolutions and stick to them. Resolutions, for me, are a burden, not a goal.

First of all, the selection of a meaningful resolution baffles me. Should I lose weight? Be more organized? Write more thank you notes? Yes, I should do all of those things! The thought of having to add to my To Do List on a daily basis is too overwhelming for me.
 
Secondly, resolutions are like vows—easily made and too often broken. Each year I have made a resolution, within a month I found myself disappointed that my self-discipline had yet again been compromised. Take for example, the membership to the gym that was used for roughly four weeks or my yearly attempts to be financially organized so tax time is a snap.
 
My father was a wise man. He made resolutions each year yet added a sense of humor. When others inquired about this annual ritual, this elderly man would proudly state he had given up ice skating or jogging. There was the year he resolved to give up smoking—he had never smoked a day in his life! 
 
This was also Dad’s process for giving up something for Lent. Dad would always give up something he never needed or did in the first place. When questioned of his sincerity, he would reply, “I know I will be completely successful. Will you?” 
 
I’ve learned from that perspective. It is a matter of wanting to be successful and feeling better about oneself. With that attitude, I can resolve to relax more often, spend more time with family, and make strides toward a healthier lifestyle. These are resolutions I can enjoy.
 
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