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New Year's resolutions go in one year and out the other

Posted Saturday, January 1, 2011, at 7:54 AM

What am I doing up this morning before 7 a.m...typing?

It's my day off, but a new year is looming so I wanted to share some thoughts.

The year 2010 was a difficult one and at the same time a wonderful year and I am thankful for more opportunities this coming year.

For many of us, a New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

As we are about to ring in the year 2011 as the clock strikes midnight dawning a new day and a new year, let us stop and reflect where we've been, where we are at and where we are going.

We have wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families.

We have more conveniences, but less time.

We've added years to life not life to years.

We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to greet a new neighbor.

We've done larger things, but not better things.

We have more degrees, but less sense.

We have more knowledge, but less judgment.

We have more experts, yet more problems

We have more medicine, but less wellness.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life.

We've done larger things, but not better things.

We write more, but learn less.

We plan more, but accomplish less.

We've learned to rush, but not to wait.

We build more computers to hold more information, but we communicate less and less.

Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune tells us that "Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle".

I've never had much success at keeping New Year's resolutions so this year my list will be long on intentions and short on results. In the coming year I will:

*Procrastinate more - starting tomorrow.

*Get in a whole NEW rut!

*Be more patient -- tips welcome!

*Create loose ends.

*Be a better husband, father, 'pops' and friend.

*Get more toys.

*Will not believe politicians.

*Will read the manual -- just as soon as I can find it.

*Blog more.

*Read the Bible daily and pray more.

*Sleep more and refrain from some of my early pre-dawn ramblings on the keyboard.

*Lose weight and exercise with greater regularity -- my annual resolution that is the biggest hurdle.

For others whom I've observed around town I hope they can proclaim some resolutions of their own

Many should resolve to stop shopping and talking on the cell phone simultaneously -- no one needs to overhear your discussion who has that funny itch in a private part of the body - especially not while trapped in the line at the check-out.

Others should resolve to refrain from texting in the car, at work, walking down the street, at church, in the doctor's office, during a public meeting,

Then finally many of the Facebookers and Twitters should resolve to stop constantly updating useless information -- no one in the internet community really cares about what you had for lunch or how long the line is at the grocery store or WalMart.

Remember on average only about 20 percent of us keep our New Year's resolutions past March. But don't let the statistics get you down.

It's a new year and it offers a clean slate for a new you. Go for it!

Nick is assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487; by e-mail at schneider.nick@gmail.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Nick-Sc....

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On your resolution *Lose weight and exercise with greater regularity*...Try to be more specific for example, *Lose 5 pounds and do 15 pushups a day, walk for 45 minutes twice a day, etc. The more specific the easier to reach a goal. You can always increase your goals once they have been met. Just something I learned. Have a great day!

-- Posted by Stryker66 on Tue, Jan 4, 2011, at 1:58 PM

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