Making resolutions is too much like homework

It’s that time of the year again, resolution time. A whole brand new year ahead of us and we get stuck with homework! I suppose I could cheat and just copy over last year’s since I didn’t use them much but I refuse to be a shirker. Last year’s were pretty much the same as the year before which were pretty much as the year before that and so on for as long as I can remember.

You know the ones, they are the same ones that most adults make — losing weight, saving money, exercising more, less television and more books — same old junk. You list them with good intentions and start out in good faith only to see most of them fade by the end of January. They usually die a quiet, hardly noticed, death only to be revived with the dawning of a new year. I don’t like breaking promises, even if they’re promises to myself so I’ve been thinking of coming up with some more creative self-improvement ideas. The old ones sure would be nice and I’ll include them again but given their past track record I don’t have a lot of hope for their success. Now, to come up with ones that I can try to keep all year long.

Let’s see, I could improve my dental health by trying not to grit my teeth when I hear the phrase, “Fake Media”; when the batteries go in the remote control I won’t replace them, that should lead to several more miles walked each week; I will try to eliminate one “I wish--” from each day; I will look through my file of daily problems until I can find at least one that I can smile or maybe even laugh about; I will bring a smile to someone who doesn’t have one at the time — people who are family count; a moment each day will be spent being “childish” and enjoying all that is good about that state; I will remember that my spouse is my best friend also and do one “best friend” thing for her daily; I will avoid disappointment and not enter any more beauty pageants; I will enjoy the aging process and realize that no matter what I do, it isn’t reversible and is much better than the alternative that would replace it.

That should do it, now I think I’ll type my resolutions up and post them where I’ll see them daily and be reminded. I’ll put a copy in the refrigerator, I look in there frequently. The steering wheel of Ota, the Toyota would be another good place, I spend a lot of time running around each day. I’ll tape another copy on the floor near the spot on the bed where I sit for my daily wrestling match with my socks. I thought about taping one on the mirror in the bathroom but I realized that the older I get, the less time I spend looking in the mirror, I no longer want to see what it wants to show me. I might tape a copy to each doorway so that when I go into a room and can’t remember why I went in there, I can at least better myself while I’m trying to recall my lost mission.

Well, I guess I’m ready for the New Year, so bring it on. I’m sure that like all the others, it’s gonna be a doozy and has to be better than the one it’s replacing.

Thought for the week — Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.

Until next week, may you and yours be happy and well.

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