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To Resolve or Not to Resolve

Every New Year since I’ve had kids I’ve resolved to lose a few pounds. Don’t we all? That, and eat better, get more exercise, be a better mum, blah, blah, blah. I simply make the declaration “My New Year’s resolutions are _____!” and then I go about my year, not really doing anything to make those resolutions happen.

A quick Google search reveals what we all know: the vast majority of people making New Year’s resolutions fail; somewhere between 80 and 90 percent. So this year, my New Year’s resolution is no more resolutions.

Hmm, but wait a sec …

That doesn’t feel quite right either. I mean, isn’t it a good idea to at least think about these things? Does setting goals have any value at all even if we never really make any strides to achieve them? These are the things I’ve been thinking about the last few days. To resolve or not to resolve; that is the question.

I guess that I’ve decided that there is value in making resolutions. Because it means thinking about ourselves and the things we want to do/change/accomplish. I don’t think it’s necessarily reasonable to have hard-and-fast resolutions that we feel we must accomplish in one year. But I do think it’s a good idea to have a general idea of what we want to do – or at least, a direction in which we want to go. I’m going to call them: More or Less Resolutions. Here are some basic things I’m going to work in the next little while:

  • More cooking
  • More reading
  • More playing
  • More gardening
  • More exercise
  • More pictures
  • Less yelling
  • Less agonizing/stressing
  • Less procrastinating

Do you have any More or Less Resolutions?

Image by feeb via flickr.

6 thoughts on “To Resolve or Not to Resolve

  1. Susan

    Well jeez I have those exact cliche resolutions you mention at the start of your post. And I want to do all the things in your list of things to work on. I like the “right before starting resolutions” phase: the “go big now, eat lots of horrific snacks, because things are going to change soon” – and it takes a long time to actually get to the changes (which I haven’t reached yet). ARgh!

  2. Farmgirl Susan

    Great list. It sounds pretty much right on for me, too. Although I definitely don’t need to take more pictures, and unless the sheep are being *really* obstinate, I’ve more or less got the yelling thing under control. 😉 Happy New Year!

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