So this here blog has now seen three new years, and at the turn of the prior two, I made a few resolutions. For those who’d prefer not to read the old entries, I didn’t do so well.
I had been thinking a lot of resolutions- why people make them, why people can’t hold them. I think at the new year, there’s an increased pressure to make a new start, turn over a new leaf. The fact that it’s winter for most of us doesn’t help anything, nor does the influx of weight loss/gym membership commercials that hit the airwaves before the seat on Santa’s sleigh goes cold. People see the new year as the time to make a new start. New calendar year, new me. Sounds simple enough. Yet who can stick to it.
This year, I’m making one resolution:
I will not make promises I can’t keep.
A promise or resolution broken is a disappointment. Something acheived that wasn’t a promise- well, that’s just a pleasant surprise.
So I’m keeping the resolutions to just that one, and holding my ambitions in check. Yes, I’d love to read a book a week or lose 25 pounds or write in my blog all the time, but I’m not specifically trying or saying that I will. I can’t say I’ll have the time or ambition to do either of those things a week, a month, three months from now. So I’m not going to set up myself to fail in the dead of winter or in the heart of the summer.
I promise you nothing. Watch me keep that promise all year.