Here is to another new year

Dec. 26, 2011
And more resolutions

Personally, I am not a big fan of New Years. I don’t like to see another year end and a new one start.

And this seems to happen faster as I grow older.

Nevertheless, for each and every New Year I make resolutions.

Why? Because many years ago my Dad explained to me that the end of a year is neither an end nor a beginning. Rather, he said, it is a going on with the wisdom and intelligence that comes from experience.

If you’re like most people, your list of New Year’s resolutions includes at least one of the following: lose weight, give up smoking, exercise, better manage finances, find a better job, become more organized, enjoy life more, spend more time with family and friends, eat better or become a better person.

A good thing

Making resolutions each year is a good thing, research shows. Making promises to yourself means you’re thinking about reaching an objective.

Did you know that people who make explicit resolutions and write them down are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t?

But as we all know so well, thinking about doing something doesn’t get it done, and breaking old habits doesn’t happen quickly or easily.

I recall something newspaper columnist Eric Zorn said: “Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.”

I wish you good luck in keeping your resolutions, whatever they may be, and pass along these New Year’s wishes, from an unknown author:

H ours of happy times with friends and family.
A bundant time for relaxation.
P rosperity.
P lenty of love when you need it the most.
Y outhful excitement at life’s simple pleasures.

N ights of restful slumber.
E verything you need.
W ishing you love and light.

Y ears and years of good health.
E njoyment and mirth..
A angels to watch over you.
R embrances of a happy years.

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