There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who make New Year\’s resolutions and those who don\’t. I am one of those who does. Sure, a lot of them get broken, some even before the end of our annual New Year\’s party. I don\’t, however, get carried away with them, like the famous New England Preacher, Jonathan Edwards.

I think he got a bit carried away, like he did with most things. Like spiders.
But there has to be something about the new year, the fresh slate, that gives up hope that this year will be the one. The one that is better-stronger-faster and helps us jump higher and run swifter. Like looking ahead to spring even though there are two months left of winter gray.

I have learned a few things about resolutions. They\’re just goals with a holiday decoration. Here are my tips for keeping New Year\’s Resolutions.

1. Never make them on New Year\’s Eve. In front of a lot of people. After the champagne.

2. Have an end point. 12 weeks is a much better time period than a full year. You can do anything for 12 weeks. Really, ask anyone who\’s ever done a 12 step program.

3. Tell a few people about them, to keep yourself honest. If they fall over laughing, then you might want to rethink your plans.

4. Some things are best not resolved. Especially if they involve other people. Only make resolutions where you can control the outcome. (Note to self, forcing children to make beds daily is not a new year\’s resolution. It is a pipe dream.)

Notice, there is nothing there that says you should blog your resolutions out into the universe. Or shouldn\’t. The only one that I will put out here is that I have set myself some artificial deadlines. I will blog here on Sunday\’s and Tuesdays. If Blogspot will cooperate. That\’s not always a given lately. And then I\’ll update the reading blog as needed. I have a lot of reading to do to get seventy five this year, so off I go. See you next year.