I Resolve to Have a Happy New Year!

It is fashionable of late to mock the practice of making New Year’s Resolutions.  I’ve been guilty of treating the tradition badly.  We (those of us who behave badly by mocking the tradition) seem to be saying, “Ha, what a silly, futile attempt at self-improvement!  Only a fool would make a promise to himself (or herself) that is bound to be broken!”

I’m a skeptic, through and through, but that attitude is uncaring, hurtful, and certainly unhelpful.  I’ve been there.  I know whereof I speak.

So, let’s collectively agree to get off that ugly bandwagon and commit to helping people who make New Year’s Resolution…let’s help them keep those resolutions!  Supporting people who wish to better themselves is simply the right thing to do.  With the loving support of friends and family, resolutions can be kept.  They can change lives for the better.

With that as a preface, let me make a few resolutions of my own.  They are mine, alone, and I don’t hold anyone else accountable for their achievement.  But I will appreciate support.

  • Return to my old habit of walking regularly;
  • Improve my diet;
  • Overcome my tendency toward anger and impatience;
  • Do better…be better.

Yes, they are generic and, in their present form, hard to measure.  But they are just the start.  I will use them as the basis for forming specific, measurable goals.

I love you who spend a little time here with me.  And, of course, I love my wife deeply, despite the fact that she doesn’t spend time here!

Happy New Year to each of you.  All the best for a wonderful, happy, healthy, and fulfilling 2014!

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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4 Responses to I Resolve to Have a Happy New Year!

  1. We should all work toward writing that book, Larry!

  2. Larry Zuckerman says:

    We can all take a page from your book.

  3. Trish says:

    Great list you’ve got there, John! Onward with your missions, and the best of luck with all them. You can do it! 🙂

  4. robin andrea says:

    Today we begin the world anew. I like your list of resolutions. I could use a few of those myself!

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