On New Year’s Resolutions

I despise New Year’s Resolutions and do not make them.

That is all.

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8 Comments on “On New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. Jen Says:

    Besides, you’re perfect the way you are. At least your mother thinks so.

  2. Dennis Says:

    I am not touching that comment. Not for anything.

    Especially not in public.

  3. Jen Says:

    David has an interesting theory about your… love of hate. So I did some stat checking.

    A tally of words and phrases from RW:
    “I hate” – 12 appearances

    “I despise” – 7 appearances

    “I …(usually there are some strong words between I and dislike) dislike” – 4 appearances

    On the other hand:

    “I love” – 7 appearances, mostly having to do with other blogs, philosophy and/or music

    And the always perplexing:
    “I love/hate” – 1 appearance

    Happy New Year!

  4. Dennis Says:

    I’m a little surprised the tally isn’t more lopsided.

    Did you or David draw any conclusions?

  5. Lebanon Truth Says:

    What about a statement of purpose or mission statement?

  6. Dennis Says:

    LT, can you explain a bit more? I don’t get it.

  7. Strayer Says:

    I just read the quote on your sidebar, about disidence. You might not believe the sheer volume of crapola I go through, just because I like cats and go out and get them fixed, working for nothing. I get labeled all sorts of things, put down, made fun of, it’s unbelievable. And all I ever wanted to do, and still do, is get as many cats fixed as I can before I die. But now I’m a cat disident. Guess it’s a compliment sort of. Some people label me an animal activist, whatever that means. I’m active, that’s for sure, but that label to me sounds like a lobbyist or protestor. I’ve been called a PETA terrorist, too, and I hate Peta because they hate feral cats. Well, so it goes in catland.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Re: mission statements, etc.

    There was a time in my life when I had a statement of who I wanted to be, something that I could modify once a year, either on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

    Basically, it was coming up with a statement of what I valued, expressed in a way that someon might describe me. I identified the areas of life that are important and described who I would like to be in that area.

    So for example, rather than saying I want to read X number of books, I would say that I am an intellectual, interested in learning about myself and the world.

    It’s more meaningful to say that I want to be a healthly, active person than to say I want to lose weight.

    Resolutions are a surface dusting. A statement asks you to go down to your very core, to find what is the essential you and what you want to be the essential you.

    It is a private document. If you do it right, your life will make your statement superfluous. Editing it once a year gives you a chance to look back over the year and a chance to look forward to the rest of your life.


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