Time for New Year’s Resolutions



I may have said this before, but I have no use for New Year’s Resolutions. They are prone to failure because for many they set lofty goals and they can’t always achieve them in the coming year.

You put yourself under a lot of pressure when you say you’re going to start out the New Year by changing some bad habit, losing weight or improving some aspect of your life. Maybe instead of making resolutions, we should all just say “I will be a better person next year”? Then set out to accomplish something to improve ourselves or to just make the world a little bit better of a place.

Me, I look at resolutions more as guidelines. I’ve tried to adhere strictly to New Year’s Resolutions in the past and haven’t had a lot of luck. So I look at whatever I can do to better myself in the New Year as being better than status quo.

Thinking about this year, I have decided on a few “guidelines” I’m going to set for myself.

First, I need to drop a few pounds. My doctor would like that and I’d probably feel a little better. I successfully cut out a lot of the bread and other carbs I was eating late last year and was beginning to show signs of some success – until the holidays came and brought with them baked goods, candy and delicious homemade meals. Now that things are getting back to normal, it’s time to cutback again.

Another area of self-improvement for me is patience. In essence, I have none. I have said time and time again I should work on my patience, but I never really do. I’m the kind of person who will try to tackle something complicated or difficult (sometimes that includes dealing with complicated, difficult people) and will end up throwing my hands in the air and walking away.

I also should try to get more exercise, which probably goes along with losing a few pounds. In the summer I try to make every effort I can to get out and walk in the evening after work. But once the cold weather arrives all bets are off. I like to just come home from a day at the paper and hibernate in the man cave with a good movie or book. Mental note: start using the local indoor walking track, lazy bum.

Finally, there’s my tendency to stop working on projects that are half complete. For instance, I bought this cool plastic model kit of a 1950 pickup truck to add to the automotive theme in our family room (a.k.a. the man cave) back in 2012. Besides painting some of the parts, it sits unfinished in the box waiting for me to pick it back up again. I need to finish what I start, I guess that’s the point, and I probably have a hundred things like this that need a few hours of my time.

In all, I just hope 2015 is a good year not only for me, but for everyone. Happy New Year! ggould@mihomepaper.com

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