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What is your New Year’s resolution?

Asked at Jefferson's Restaurant, 743 Mass. on December 31, 2004

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“To look more toward the future and never give up.”

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“Probably to stay healthy and eat better. It’s the same one I have made the last couple years.”

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“To go to church every Sunday. It’s just a good thing to do.”

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“I don’t make them because I never keep them.”


donsalsbury 13 years, 1 month ago

Lose weight and get caught up with my paperwork (at home and at the office). BTW, if this is how early I have to be to get the first post here, I don't want it anymore! :) I guess it's good practice for tonight!

mrcairo 13 years, 1 month ago

To visit Lawrence at least once every 5 years to view the progress. I moved to San Antonio... whoo hoo, nice town, too bad it's in Texas. See Ya'll Next Year!!!

badger 13 years, 1 month ago

My New Year began two months ago, personally.

I don't generally do resolutions at my new year, because for me that's a very solemn holiday, especially this year (Samhain is the time when you address grief and those you've lost in the course of a year, and my list this year was a little longer than I really anticipated), and a time to begin introspection, not complete it with resolutions.

New Year's Eve (the common calendar year one) just seems to be a very two-faced holiday. It seems like an annual bachelor party, at which you cram in every bit of debauchery you can because, no really, this year you'll be different, responsible, sensible, thoughtful, conscientious. You'll eat right, stop smoking, stop drinking, join a gym. But the fact is that people make these grand sweeping gestures every January, and by March when their lives haven't dramatically changed for the better, they abandon the course entirely and go back to being exactly who they were, only a tiny bit more disillusioned about being able to change anything.

My faith teaches that true change comes daily, in small steps, and that if you're really committed to improving yourself, you'll simply resolve to be just a little bit better tomorrow than you were today, and if you fall down sometimes, well, you start where you are and try to be just a little better the next day from there.

Generally, I only make those sorts of grand sweeping statements when a small pattern of change has come to fruition ("Eleven months ago, I started to gradually add more healthful foods to my diet, and began taking short walks. Today, I've lost 60 pounds and I walk three miles a week") because it's a recognition of what I have achieved, not a grand design for massive life change.

ms_canada 13 years, 1 month ago

Resolutions, be they taken on New Years Eve or any other day are by their very nature expressions of desires to live a better life. True? Badger seems to have resolved to better his physical condition and has succeeded in doing so. Congrats, badger. But I think you are an exception to the rule. Most resolutions fail. The bad habits we develop over the years are so difficult to break. I, also, resolved to improve my health and lost 32 lbs. But my resolve to increase my physical activity has not been so successful. Shame on me. I have never made a resolution on New Year's and don't intend to this year. But if I did, it would probably be something to do with increasing my knowledge of the workings of this world. I have grown increasingly concerned for the future of mankind. The world has grown so small and what one man does affects so many others in the entire world. It scares the bejeebers out of me. I have studied a fair bit of Biblical prophesy and have an idea of what the future holds and it is not pretty. I just wish the good, sensible people of the world could have more of an influence on matters that concern so many. Well, anyway, I just want to wish all of you a wonderful year 2005 full of love, good friends, good health and contentment with life. BTW, does anyone know what has happened to fangorn. I sure miss his erudite posts. Badger do you know if he has gone to New Jersey? or what.

badger 13 years, 1 month ago

Sorry, just saw this.

Not sure where fangorn is, either. I hope he's just taking a little time to hang with his family over the holidays.

I didn't so much resolve to better my condition, actually. I stopped associating with someone who had a lot of unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits, and so was able to revert to my own, more healthy habits. I started by just eating what I like (lean meat, fish, veggies, lots of brown rice and plain baked potatoes, cheese, yogurt, etc.), and walking as far as I was able to get myself out of the house. There wasn't any "I'm going to do this" moment, which is why I don't count it as a resolution.

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