Do not become a stranger to yourself by blending in with everyone else. … Dodinsky
I remember when my parents bought our first television—a black and white square model with rabbit ears. My brothers and I were in hog heaven! We could watch The Beave---Leave it to Beaver—the Three Stooges and cartoons on Saturday morning. Life was good. Until it got better.
Those were the ‘olden days’ to some. All that is now outdated and obsolete. In high school, I got my own high-fi for my bedroom. I thought I had gone to heaven! I stacked a bunch of singles and listened while getting ready for school. But all those things quickly became as outdated as guys wearing blue suede shoes and girl’s in poodle skirts.
Funny how some things stay the same. Like traditional NYs resolutions. Make em. Break em.
The question asked by millions every January 1 is, “Do I or don’t I? “ Partake of a tradition that began thousands of years ago. Knowing only a small percentage will succeed. Would the originators of a yearly resolution conform if they were alive today?
The pictures you see of a gym—with the place crowded first week of January only to find it near empty one month later are very real.
So then, what is the difference in a traditional new year’s resolution vs a challenge? Or a commitment but unlike the NY resolution, the timeline is different.
With a yearly resolution, am I sending a sublime message to myself that I will ‘do better’ this year? Am I secretly saying I did not do all that well last year? Was I not good enough? Did I fail? What then?
Ah yes--the old guilt feeling when we feel we have ‘done something wrong.’
Usually followed by self-berating and general: "You ought to be ashamed!"
The yearlong commitment feels like prison--into a cell that is unlocked.
I can leave any time it gets uncomfortable. And it will.
(Not that I have any experience being jailed--lol) ..
A challenge however is far more liberating. Or i can just make it a lifestyle and commit to daily good choices! ...But then--IF you do like resolutions or just need a chuckle--here it is!
I wish happiness and good health for you in 2021-and an abundantly prosperous year! (Remembering it is what works for YOU!)