With the flip of the calendar to a brand new year, the words NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION are seen and heard everywhere.
Whether you’re listening to the radio, watching television, chatting on Facebook, tweeting, or standing by the proverbial water cooler at work, these words are inescapable at this time of year. They follow you everywhere, like that annoying piece of bubble gum stuck to the sole of your shoe.
I don’t know about you, but the New Year’s resolutions that I make generally have failure written all over them. And so, on December 31st, as I celebrated with family and joined in on the countdown to the New Year, I resolved to not make a New Year’s resolution.
I was happy with my decision and fully prepared to see it through until my
nine-year old daughter Ava came home from school yesterday. Her homework assignment was to come up with a New Year’s resolution for herself and list the ways in which she could help herself achieve this resolution.
True to her nature, Ava’s mind was racing with questions:
What’s a New Year’s resolution?
What kinds of New Year’s resolutions do people make?
What should she do to better herself in 2012?
What steps could she take to help herself achieve her resolution?
What is my New Year’s resolution?
Oh boy. This last question caught me off guard. How do you tell your nine-year old daughter that you decided against making a resolution? Especially when you’ve just finished explaining that a New Year’s resolution involves making a promise with yourself to make a lifestyle change that will ultimately lead you on a path to becoming a better person?
What to do? Do I make something up? Do I tell her the truth? Or do I go back on my decision and make a resolution? Maybe there’s a way around this… If my New Year’s resolution for 2012 is to not make a resolution of any kind, isn’t that a resolution in and of itself? In other words, if I chose to not partake in this yearly ritual that is practised the world over, does that in effect make me an active participant?
Yes! This answer might work—except for one… big… glitch. How does one better himself/herself by not making a New Year’s resolution?
Ding-dang! I better come up with something quick!… What’s your New Year’s resolution?
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