No More New Year's Resolutions
by Bill Allison
Seven New Year's Resolutions You Can Keep
1. To gain weight-at least 15 pounds.2. To stop exercisin
3. To read less.
4. To watch more TV.
5. To procrastinate more?starting tomorrow.
6. To get further into debt.
7. To spread out priorities beyond the ability to keep track of them.
On second thought, you may want to read the rest of this article before you make any more New Year?s resolutions?even easy ones!
A Prayer for January 2nd
For the overwhelming majority of us who will make yet one more New Year?s resolution that starts on January 1st?I offer you the following prayer for January 2nd:
I want to thank you for being close to me so far this year. With your help I haven?t been impatient, lost my temper, been grumpy, judgmental, or envious of anyone. But I will really need your help soon because? I?m about to get out of bed.
Resolve Doesn?t Mean Results
We make resolutions on New Year's Day to become better people. Our hearts are often in the right place, but somehow, our resolve doesn?t quite translate into results. Research on New Year?s resolutions indicates that
- Within the first two months of the new year, 25 percent of us will break our promises.
- By six months, nearly 40 percent will have failed.
- By the end of the year, approximately 82 percent will be unsuccessful.
Think about your own life. Haven?t you ever made a New Year?s resolution to diet only to gain weight? Okay, I might be projecting my issues onto you with that example, but haven?t you ever done something similar? We all start out so well, but most of us don?t finish well. As the great poet/philosopher Homer once said: ?I used to rock and roll all night and party every day. Then it was every other day. Now I?m lucky if I can find a half an hour a week in which to get funky.??Homer Simpson
Resolve Not to Make Any New Year?s Resolutions! (Get it?)
While there is something in the human psyche that gravitates to new beginnings, if you really want to start this new year right, forget about making New Year?s resolutions. Don?t waste your breath huffing and puffing about how YOU are going to change yourself. Instead, do something REALLY life-changing this year....
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