Dear New Year:
I stand, again, before you, awaiting what is to come as I reflect on what has been.
Seems to me there's an undying need to put pen to paper, to "input" if you will, a set of resolutions that will guide the journey over the course of the next 12 months ("fiscal cliff" notwithstanding).
The act is noble, the intentions good, and sometimes, even, the resolve is realized.
Whether this becomes a lesson in futility, let the future decide all that.
As for the task itself, I can use the New Year's Resolution Generator at moninavelarde.com, which suggests that I should resolve, among many suggestions, to:
- Be more tolerant.
- Reconnect with an old friend.
- Take accordion lessons.
- Broaden my horizon.
- Become a "rockstar."
General enough for the most part, way out of reach in some instances, and I have no desire to learn how to play the accordion.
But it's a start.
So, too, are the lists of "popular" and "top 10" resolutions aimed to garner signficant SEO traffic and the eyeballs of the masses.
- From AskMen.com, Top 10: New Year's Resolutions All Men Should Make
- From Yahoo.com, 13 New Year's Resolutions Everyone Should Make
- From HuffingtonPost.com, Celebrities' Most Memorable New Year's Resolutions
The United States government is in the game, offering a list of resolutions that are "popular year after year" with links to resources "to help you achieve your goals." Noted are resolutions to:
- Drink less alcohol.
- Eat healthy food.
- Get a better education.
- Get fit.
- Lose weight.
- Manage debt.
- Manage stress.
- Quit smoking.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle.
- Save money.
- Take a trip.
- Volunteer to help others.
As for the worth of such endeavors, you'll find no argument here. For those of us who need to take heed, let us find in the new year both an impetus to start and the resolve to achieve.
It starts with the first step — and, yes, how trite — which leads me to sink even deeper in saying: There are those who do and there are those who teach.
In this regard, advice flows freely on how to undertake the process of setting resolutions. To wit:
- From listafterlist.com, Don't Be Generic! Top 10 Creative New Year's Resolution Ideas
As you can see, you can be "right brain" or "left brain" in all of this or you can simply not do anything at all.
But it seems to me that is not an option. If we're going to make a big deal out of the end of a year, we might as well figure out a way to make the most out of a new one.
Let fate decide the rest.
I remain respectfully yours,