Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Resolutions: those little wishes, I mean goals

noun \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\

Definition of RESOLUTION
1.: the act or process of resolving: as
a : the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones  
b : the act of answering : solving 
c : the act of determining

 Every year I make quiet resolutions to myself knowing deep down that I probably won’t keep them.  If that’s not self defeating I don’t know what is.  Really I just don’t bother with them because I’ve really yet to witness anyone keep them.  Gosh, I’m cynical in my old age.  But it’s true.  So I say that I don’t make them, but the truth is, I make them every year, I have probably twelve in mind right now,  I just don’t expect myself to keep them.  So I guess they’re more like New Year’s Wishes.  (keep reading, I'm going somewhere positive!)

I wish this year….I would work out consistently, I’d keep better track of friends and family, I’d paint and work on my art more consistently, I’d pray more, I’d make bolder decisions and take more risks, I’d cook more and be more “domestic”, I’d keep my house cleaner and find joy in doing so, I’d entertain more, and travel more, and budget better, volunteer, and generally have a more positive attitude.  These wishes, the wishes and “resolutions” we make every year, are pretty great indicators for what we want our lives to be like. 

 If you are ever in doubt about what you want out of life, you need only to look at your so-called New Year’s Resolutions and you’ll have a fairly good idea.  And while it’s a lot, and it all takes time, and change is so much easier said than done, the life I seem to want is totally obtainable and my wishes are fairly simplistic.  I’m not wishing to be famous or suddenly win the lottery or single-handedly end world hunger.  I just want to be happy and make a difference in my small corner of the world.  And since I’ve put my wishes “out there” maybe this blog will serve as a form of accountability for achieving those goals and creating the life I really want. 

The definition of Resolution isn’t near so wishy-washy as what I’ve come to expect from myself and others.  A resolution implies determination and finality: a resolving of former issues that plagued you in the past year but have now come to a close, the realization that you are the answer to your own questions and problems, the act of analyzing some of the things you made a mess of the year before and narrowing them down to a simple answer that you can move forward with.  A resolute decision is one that leaves no wiggle room.  You have to be the kind of person who, when they say they’re going to do something, they do it.  A lot of us do that when it comes to others, but New Year’s Resolutions mean we have to be that kind of person for ourselves.  (Crap, I think I’m sweating now.) 

So here’s to anyone else making New Year’s resolutions, to wishing or hoping, and to those of you who have much more serious needs you are praying for.   I have the suspicious feeling that 2012 is going to be a fantastic year … for all of us.  

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

 – Zora Neale Hurston

What resolutions and goals are you determined to keep this year??


  1. Following you back! LOVE the name of your blog and all the quotes you incorporate! Happily reading! :)

  2. Awesome post! I recently posted my New Year's Resolutions for 2012 as well. You can check it out here:
    I hope all your "wishes" come true! xxx