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Lack of resolution

January 2, 2009 am31 12:20 am

Ignoring the whole idea of New Years resolutions is easy for me. I grew up in a non-resolution house. They were silly, almost superstitious. And people didn’t really mean them.

Fast forward many, many years later. Resolutions are all over the place. Lots of people make them. It is tempting…

But what sort of resolution? The standard eat better, not be late, lose some pounds, be more active, get nicer clothes… All nice. All things worth working on any time, not just New Years. And why resolve what will not be resolved? (ie completed. The grammarian in me says resolutions should consist of perfective, not imprefective action) “Do you promise to do better?” “Yes, I do” is a silly dialogue, whether in class with a kid or here now. I will not engage in it.

Something specific? How about two things…

  1. Replace my car (built during Reagan’s second term, in West Germany)?
  2. Cut my (quite long) hair?

So what if I had decided to do them earlier. I resolve… and they will be done. The car goes tomorrow (giving it away). The hair will go through an intermediate phase first… the cut will wait a month or two. Two issues resolved.

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  1. January 2, 2009 am31 2:40 am 2:40 am

    The final year that I made any resolutions (which was maybe 1992? don’t remember exactly…), they were to stop eating junk food and stop swearing. Not ten minutes after midnight, I popped a hershey’s kiss into my mouth and then said, “oh, shit.”

    I just don’t bother any more.

  2. January 2, 2009 am31 3:49 am 3:49 am

    2000 I found myself without plans, and decided not to worry about it. It wouldn’t be my first or last quiet New Year. But around 9 I realized I was out of smokes, and didn’t really feel like going to the store… especially with the world already celebrating… and I had tried a bunch of times that fall to give them up anyway… bad… plus I was broke, paying off serious debt, and the price had just jumped past $3, on the way to $7…

    I nervously forced myself to bed, refused to leave the house the next day, while I climbed the walls, and never looked back. But there was no resolution, just an impulsive try that succeeded.

  3. TwoPi permalink
    January 2, 2009 pm31 6:30 pm 6:30 pm

    Congratulations! I was never a smoker, but watched my dad fight to quit several times before he succeeded. I have a lot of respect for those who can pull it off.

    Was it Mae West (or W.C.Fields?) whose resolution was to give up temperance? If anyone ever asks, I usually quote that as my resolution for the year.

  4. January 3, 2009 am31 9:26 am 9:26 am

    Confession: I still love the smell of second hand smoke.

    And, by the way, my first “resolved” is done. I gifted my car away this morning.

  5. Jen permalink
    January 4, 2011 pm31 10:52 pm 10:52 pm

    Resolutions are just things to forget (and discard – not very “green” :-)) You are completely right that we are in the “middle” of the year. As teachers, our year begins at the end of August or the beginning of September – and it is always a roller coaster ride. The many ups and downs of teaching keep our careers interesting and never boring. The incredible joy when a student “gets it” and the terrible low of the student who tells you their parents just threw them out of the house…

    so…happy Mid-year to all the teachers out there. May your highs be many and your lows close to nonexistent!

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