Resolutions are made to be broken, right?
By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com
Resolutions, rebirth and renewal… blah, blah, blah.
In all seriousness, January 1st is a date that I look forward to. I don’t know if I’ve ever shed light on this particular aspect of my neurotic personality, but, I welcome the 1st of EACH month as a new opportunity to break all of my bad habits.
I am especially delighted if the first of the month occurs on a Monday (as opposed to trying to “eliminate ALL bad foods from my diet” on say, “Friday Pizza Night” or “Saturday Chinese Take-Out”).
But, the most holiest of all “firsts of the month” obviously happens immediately after that big crystal ball drops in Times Square.
I prepare a written list EVERY year. Sad to say, I have many repeating items and rotate in a new concept every now and again.
Here is my 2012 in a nutshell:
- I will drink at least one glass of water before every meal (seems simple enough, yet, I’ve usually broken this one by around January 10th)
- Do 50 push-ups per day while watching TV (annually makes its way onto this list)
- Eliminate clutter from my bedside table thereby creating a calming atmosphere (will never happen)
- Removing school papers from backpacks in a timely fashion…in other words, not once a semester (COMPLETE SLACKER, I’ll own it)
- Taking clean clothes from the laundry basket and putting them into drawers rather than telling the boys to dig through in the hopes of finding underwear
- Resisting the urge to have a cookie EVERY time I make a cup of tea (again, annually present)
- Getting into the weight room at the Y instead of avoiding eye contact with it like it’s a person
- Stop picking at my cuticles
- Cleaning out my closet and getting rid of things that I haven’t worn
- Limit my coffee consumption (under 40 ounces a day is a win in my book)
It is a rather small list. It does not appear insurmountable…yet, at least 8 of those 10 will inevitably be broken in no time flat.
Does this make the effort of creating it a waste of time?
That’s what February 1st is for…(unfortunately it’s a Wednesday…which historically does not bode well for me)
Happy New Year! May 2012 make all of your dreams come true!