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Friday, December 29, 2006

Resolute shun

Years ago, some doofus came up with an idea of creating a list of goals for people to accomplish in the following 365 days.

But, why did he choose New Years as its starting point? Because he was drunk.

And, for some reason, people have (idiotically) followed this dictum forever. If they're successful, kudos to them. If they're not, well... that won't happen, right?

There wouldn't be any issues with resolutions if they were reasonable. But, they're not. Some resolutions are so improbable that even Jesus (the only miracle worker) would throw in the towel after reading through some of them.

Which is precisely why I shun resolutions.

For years, my primary resolution was to be a better person and to be nicer to others.

That would last approximately five minutes after midnight when some woman (who was probably legally blind, and so old she didn't leave fingerprints, anymore) bumped into me while in her walker, so I snapped at her because she made the liquor splash in my glass.

Bitch deserved it.

And, don’t you tell me my reaction was harsh. I saw her giving me the evil eye as she passed.

So, ever since, I haven't made any lists and checked them twice; that's for Santa Claus.

Why try to accomplish something you know you're going to fail? Exactly.

Hence, no more resolutions.


Anonymous Tony (LT) said...

resolutions are simply goals...sometimes you score sometimes you don't. And they don't have to be made on january first...it's just that the date symbolizes a fresh start for a lot of people.
But unless you are lifeless paralyzed lump of clay, you're really not shunning resolutions (goals). We're making/setting them every moment. Sometimes small (walk from one room to the other) or sometimes great (be kinder to olde ladies. :-) ).
So, you see, we accomplish MANY more things on a daily basis than we fail at on a yearly basis.

December 29, 2006 5:52 am  
Blogger Lemuel said...

I'm with you. I haven't made any **New Year's** resolutions for years. If I make any resolutions (or set any goals), I do them as I need to and not as a part of New Year's.

December 29, 2006 5:58 am  
Blogger tornwordo said...

Nice title. I make a goal list for the year. That's more doable. Resolutions don't really work.

December 29, 2006 7:02 am  
Blogger Kevin said...

The only one I'm making is to have more sex.

Because seriously, I couldn't have less.

December 29, 2006 10:01 am  
Blogger Timmy said...

I am with six shooter!

December 29, 2006 10:20 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm generally with you. Tony's got a point, though, that it's not like you're not going to stop resolving to do things. Just not a whole list all on January 1.

Just as New Years Eve, to many, has to be done up like a thousand normal Saturday nights (an impossible task), NYE resolutions are also made to be something "of significance", usually meaning far beyond your capabilities.

So I'd say that exempts us from even worrying about making "resolutions" on NYE - cause they're stupid.

Aiming high is probably a better approach - setting your sites, then working, small step by small step, to get there. You'll move forward, you'll stumble, you'll get up and move on again.

But "New Year's Aiming-Highs" doesn't sound right at all. So just aim high whenever you feel like it.

December 29, 2006 3:37 pm  
Blogger Steven said...

Everyone has valid points, and they should since every person who comments on this site is brilliant.

Tony: Since I am a lifeless lump of clay, my daily goals are much smaller (i.e. get out of bed, watch only 6 hours of TV a day, etc.)

But, I understand what you're saying.

Lemuel: Do you try to get them done ASAP?

Torn: Thanks (re: the title). I try.

Six: More?

Timmy: Your goal should be to not copy the goals of others.

AA: You're right in saying that NYRs are supposed to be lofty, as opposed to not (hence, the whole unattainable quality they have).

December 29, 2006 4:06 pm  
Blogger The Thunderbird said...

Goals/resolutions are a great thing, but never should be made based on an external basis, such as a frigging calendar page. Rather, if they are to have a good chance of successful execution, make them when “the planets align”, metaphorically speaking. You know inside when you have reached that point of having had enough of “the old” to propel you with such a burning desire as to propel you to “the new”. To start major life changes based on any other manner dooms one to failure, unless of course some external event has come crashing into your life and forced change upon you.

December 29, 2006 7:29 pm  
Blogger Lewis said...

I say we all have a giant blogger orgy....to help out Timmy and Six Shooter (and the rest of us) with their goals. Should be an easy one to accomplish.

December 29, 2006 9:16 pm  
Blogger Trev said...

I totally agree, but I'll do it anyway, as otherwise, I wouldn't have anything to be not-so quietly neurotic about. I mean, even insanity has to be worked at SOMEhow. Inspite of all that, Happy New Year, all!


P.S. This is a wicked blog. Wicked. Ha! Nobody's used that word since Wynona Ryder. Still, me likey.

December 29, 2006 9:16 pm  
Anonymous scottk said...

I heard of a good way to do it on the radio today. Choose something you can improve upon from your star sign IE; Sagitarius are bad at goals ,I know I am one , so we of course would begin with some short term goals ....not that I plan on doing any, just beats the heck outta pulling stuff out of the air .

December 29, 2006 9:32 pm  
Blogger Kelly said...

I have to get my resolutions together... i thrive on failure...hehehe anyway, Jeff and I wish you the best in 2007

December 30, 2006 12:44 pm  
Anonymous tacnik said...

so that's your resolution right? alrighty then...

December 30, 2006 6:46 pm  
Blogger madamerouge said...

I hate the obligatory nature of New Year rituals. All of them.

January 02, 2007 11:00 pm  

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