Well, it’s the last day of 2008 and the tradition is to make resolutions to help make the following year better. I don’t know who invented this resolution thing, but I don’t think it’s entirely healthy.
First of all, it has been proven by scientific blog polling that January and February are the vilest months of the year. You’ve just had weeks of stress, revelry, gluttony drinkony, time off and a bit of fun and now you have nothing to look forward to but months of bitterly cold weather (unless you’re in Texas or Tasmania). So, on top of that you want to add depriving yourself of things you enjoy (food, drink, sloth, greed) and forcing yourself to do things you don’t enjoy (exercise, being kind, tightening belt buckles).
My thinking is that whenever you open your eyes each and every morning you have the opportunity to resolve to enjoy that day; to treat yourself well; to treat others well; and to make the most of what you have. You don’t need to make a passel of promises once a year that you couldn’t possibly hope to keep which, in turn, will make you feel like you’ve failed. You can start each day fresh.
One morning you might wake up and think, “Hmmm, today I’m going to have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast instead of a greasy muffin from the coffee shop.” Or, “Hey, maybe I’ll take a walk at noon today instead of sitting around the cafeteria after I eat lunch.”
And maybe the next day you’ll have a muffin again and maybe you won’t. So if you didn’t get to walk on Tuesday, that’s okay because it was only one day – not a whole year’s plan – and Wednesday is a whole new day.
You might be expecting me to burst into song here…The sun’ll come out, Tomorrow, Bet your bottom dollar, That tomorrow, There’ll be sun!…. but I won’t.
I’m just saying, whatever you think you want to make better in your life, I don’t think you don’t need to follow someone else’s plan or schedule. Maybe it’s best to just relax and do things one day at a time, or even one hour at a time.
So, I’m wishing ya’ll a Happy New Day.