New Day Resolutions

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? My daughter asked our family this question during Christmas break.  She had obviously already thought this through as she was able to eloquently answer her own question. My wife, always the pragmatic one, laughed, and in Cantonese opined (and I’m paraphrasing), “Making New Year’s resolutions is useless. Don’t waste your time!”  My teenage son, earbuds in, smirked, and turned away, too cool to give this question any consideration. Suggesting that he agreed with his mother. (Always a prudent choice.)

The question made me uncomfortable. On one hand, I had been contemplating New Year‘s resolutions since early December and subconsciously felt guilty that I hadn’t made it official by writing something down. While on the other hand, I agreed with my wife’s opinion, and subconsciously decided that I wouldn’t write anything down because I knew I would ultimately fail to keep my resolutions (again).

However, now, as 2019 has now begun, and I return to work, I realize that I make daily, weekly, even monthly “resolutions”.  I even write them down in an excel spreadsheet and check the actions/accomplishments off as I them done. For example, I resolved this morning to write and publish my first blog of the year (Check). I also resolved to make the first draft of my 2018 Employee Performance Review (Check). Yay me! It’s been a productive day, and it’s not even noon yet. 

It reminds me of a US Marines promotional campaign that advertised, “We do more by 9 a.m. than most people do in a day.”  A comedian (Adam Carolla?) said something like, “Yeah that’s probably not the right message to send to your teenage boy target audience.” 

2 thoughts on “New Day Resolutions

  1. Wanda Hatton

    Good post, Scott. It got me thinking. I am in pain with a herniated disc and have no choice but to exercise it daily. I know it is not necessarily a New Year Resolution, but it is necessary for me to relieve the bouts of pain.
    Having said this, I did declare a New Year Resolution. I will have my American Citizenship by the end of the year 2019! I am studying the Quick Civics Lessons right now for the Naturalization Test right now and answered 16 of 20 questions correctly. I should know it as I have been living in the States longer than I lived in Canada. Now need to do is find the place to fill out the application and submit it. I predict it will take about 3 to 4 to 6 months.
    Next Resolution is publishing my website. WooHoo!

    1. I am so sorry to hear about your herniated disk. I have friends that have had that, and they were in horrible pain. They had surgery, and seemed right as rain afterwards. Congrats, (I think) in advance on becoming a American citizen. We are honored that you would consider us. 🙂

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