Think about it: Say you make a list of 10 resolutions you want to accomplish throughout the year, and by New Year’s Eve you’ve succeeded at two. Initially you feel like a real loser (Really? I couldn’t even remember to put the toilet paper on the spindle past March?) but eventually you look at all that you have accomplished: you mowed your lawn once a week in the summer, you were one of the first to get your sidewalk cleared in the winter and you did something at work darned near every day you were there.
Voila! Instant gratification.
Knowing this, I vow every October that this will be the year I don’t make resolutions. Then we get to the few days after Christmas and yet still before New Year’s and I think, “Oh, crap. I need to make resolutions!”
So, in an effort to share my losing streak with the general public, here are my resolutions for 2011:
1. The weight thing. Duh. That’s been on my list – and usually in the No. 1 spot – since I was 8. Seriously.
2. Less sarcasm, more charm. Because, you know, everyone who knows me will take me seriously when my comments aren’t dripping with sarcasm. (Damn! That one lasted less than 30 seconds.)
3. Try something new each month. OK, now we’re getting down to business. I did this last year and am pretty sure I managed to accomplish it – if you count getting mono in January as trying something new. (I’d never had mono before.) This year I’m going to be looking for healthier options.
4. Be a better friend. Life gets busy and so, as a result, do we. Before you know it, months have passed since you’ve spent any real quality time with a good friend. Quality time doesn’t have to be heading out for a night out or for a day filled with shopping – an hour and a cup of coffee is just as good.
5. Breathe more. No, not the “I’m-breathing-therefore-I’m-living” kind of breathing. Breathe to do more than survive – breathe to thrive. It’s kind of like taking time to stop and smell the roses, but there aren’t a lot of roses growing around my neighborhood and if there were they’d be filled with bees – so I’m going with “Breathe.” Close your eyes, deep breath in, aaaaand exhale. Repeat as needed.