I haven’t the foggiest idea about what I should resolve to do, because for a ridiculous number of years, I’ve been resolving to lose the same ten pounds (plus the ten that I added that year, which means that I’m up to a butt-load of pounds that I’m supposed to resolve to lose), and I haven’t done that.
If I’m honest, I look at my life, and there are so many things that I want to change about it that it seems trite to just “make a resolution” to change it. It’s a Herculean task, one that needs breaking down into little, bitty pieces. So how do you make a single resolution out of that mess?
I suppose I could resolve to “eat an elephant”, you know that old adage, “how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” So I could resolve to just break down that “change my entire life” problem into a series of little bits, and get started on one of them. But that turns it into a mountain of a to-do list that Hercules himself would shy away from.
I could, on the other hand, just resolve to be happy and at peace with what I have. I have an amazing little boy, who delights and challenges me on a daily basis. I have a beautiful house on a generous piece of land. I have several ponies living here so I get my daily equine fix without all the expense that goes with that hobby. I have a family that mostly loves me, and wants the best for me… and never ceases to advise me on just how best to accomplish that goal…
But those things still don’t change the fact that I’m twitchy, and want some different things. And I’m impatient enough to say that I want them right.now. So maybe I’ll just do what the Martha Stewart in me is saying (and believe me, she’s rarely allowed free of her duct-tape bindings): make a list, and start ticking things off as I go.
Hey, that’s kind of a cool idea, come to think of it. A big, long list of everything I’d like to change. Kind of a “bucket list” of things to accomplish before 2011 kicks the bucket. Put it in my shiny new planner, and at the end of 2011, see just how many things I’ve accomplished.
How about you guys? Do you have a New Years Resolution or tradition? Anything you’d like to put on your list?