Here we are several days into the New Year and you may still be thinking of taking that plunge into making a New Year’s resolution. You also may be the type of person that never makes one, or there’s still another type and that’s the kind that always makes them and then breaks them. If you’ve made one and are holding on by the skin of your teeth and wondering just how much longer you can keep it, I have some ideas that may help all three of you.
Sometimes we take New Year’s resolutions too seriously so before Shirl and You is completed, and since we seldom keep them anyway, I will be suggesting some fun resolutions. I’m also hoping readers will help me be creative in coming up with ideas on resolutions that can be kept. Here’s three simple ones: “finish your Chapstick, fill your gas tank all the way, remember to write 2015 on your checks.
For some making a New Year’s resolution is a serious commitment and undoubtedly there are those of you who have had great success. Last year you may have started at the gym, went on a diet (actually changed your way of eating), learned how to manage your money better and gave up other bad habits, like smoking. You should be congratulated. Some people say that they will stop smoking when they can afford the programs that help curb their desire to smoke, yet others find the best way is to go cold turkey.
Some people say, “I don’t want to be forced into having to do something, or to live up to other people’s standards.” They don’t want their freedom curbed by someone who suggests they make some changes in their life. Actually everyone is free to live their lives as they see fit. A person may smoke or not, exercise or not, floss or not, work hard or not, but what they are not free to do is escape the consequences of their actions. If you are like me, you decide to lose a few pounds but then set your goal too high and expect that weight to come off in a few days or weeks.
The experts say to break down your bigger goals into more manageable ones. For instance if you want to lose fifty pounds, plan to see this accomplished over the whole year and track your progress in a diary. Sometimes telling a friend about your goal is helpful because they can encourage you along the way. Teaming up with a friend who has a similar goal can be good. If exercise is the goal, you and your friend can do it together and help keep each other going. Small rewards are good, too, like an ice cream cone when five pounds have been lost. There are benefits to becoming serious about making changes in one’s life, like looking and feeling better and possibly living longer.
So resolutions are worthwhile! They are simply intentions with a bit of added motivation in the form of a promise to yourself. Some of you may be thinking that you don’t really need to make a resolution to point you in the right direction, if so, that is good.
We have been serious about resolutions just long enough. Besides I promised you we’d take a look at some very creative ones and I have asked you to pass others along to me. Here’s one I should make, to get my comma problems under control. The next one may be something you’ve been wanting to do: “read and memorize more poetry or scripture.” Try eating something new like crickets! How about learning the names of flowers or birds?
Here’s one you may laugh at, but it has been done. “Don’t text a person in the same room.” Or there’s this one, “Turn off your smartphone at dinner.” You’ll notice that you are still being asked to change, but you must admit we are being more creative in the resolutions we choose. Let’s continue.
Shop locally, visit the mom-and-pop coffee shop instead of Starbucks, cry when you’re happy and when you’re sad, conquer a fear, ( like riding a roller coaster,) drink less soda, more water. We’re setting smaller goals and they will be easier to keep. Here’s a few more of them. “I will give up chocolates totally, 100%, completely, honestly…..” “ I will stop sending emails to my wife (husband).” “I will read the manual.” “I will do less laundry and use more deodorant.” ( how did that one get in there?)
That’s Shirl and You’s suggestions for resolutions. “I will be more imaginative” is a good one to end with as I close out Shirl and You and ask for your New Year’s resolutions. I’m sincerely yours when I say, “Have a happy and healthy New Year.”