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ME, MAKE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION?

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I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I believe this is just a platform for failure. However, I do believe in an ongoing effort for self-improvement.

I view New Year’s resolutions as a promise that must be attended to for 365 days and at the end of that time there should be a whole new me. Nope, not going to do it. I know that I won’t be diligent enough to pursue a conquest for 365 days straight.  Therefore, the first day I fail to continue my pursuit marks me as a failure.

I prefer to be an optimist, not a pessimist. I will put my efforts into a positive spin. Instead of resolving to go on a diet, I will make more of an effort to be healthy by taking my vitamins regularly and continuing my daily walks and trips to the local “Y”.

By nature, I am not a very organized person but I began the New Year by tidying up the house, organizing my bills, and catching up on some routine maintenance on my computer. The holiday season was hectic trying to keep up with my blog, making needlepoint pictures for Christmas gifts, and attending grandchildren’s functions. During that time, because there are only 24 hours in the day and we have not figured out how to extend that time, I let some routine things slide. One chore I did not keep up with was clearing out my e-mail in-box. Today I began clearing out the 1,000+ messages that had accumulated between Thanksgiving and the New Year and found several messages hiding among the Christmas e-mail ads and the seasonal jokes that I should have answered weeks ago.

So, instead of resolving to be more organized (because I know that is a hopeless cause), I will make an effort to have organized chaos. In one of my many organizational books, I read that people fall into two catagories—pilers and filers. Since all of my stuff usually ends up in piles, I will accept the fact I am a piler instead of a filer and attempt to make my piles neat.

I accepted the fact a long time ago that I am not a Martha Stewart or Betty Crocker. I am not a domestic diva. My decorating philosophy is the comfortable, casual, lived-in look. I tell my friends that they are welcome to drop in, however, don’t expect a spotless house. If you want to see me or my husband, you are welcome; but, if you want to see a perfect house, you better give me a month’s notice.

I do envy those who have perfectly organized houses and can put a gourmet meal on the table in 30 minutes or less but I would rather spend my time creating. My office is full of piles–materials for past, present, and future projects. My desk has piles and folders of research materials and ideas for future blogs. I would love to have them all neatly put away but then I would have to take time out to do this and then I couldn’t find anything after I finished. I live by the philosophy I once read on a plaque—a neat desk is the sign of a sick mind.

So, the only New Year’s resolution I will be making is to accept myself for who I am and not worry about the small stuff. Life is too short to spend it cleaning out closets and drawers.

 
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  1. I don’t make my new year resolutions as well. The thing is, why not opt for a change or set up goals only because it’s going to be a new year? Like, you can start anytime you can and want if you really want to change something.. New year resolutions I say are just trends that don’t go anywhere. Half of the people who lists down new year resolutions end up not doing them at all or stop halfway.

    But on the other hand, it can be motivational too trying to set up goals with other people during these times.

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