Preparing to stand on the edge of a brand new year is somewhat irresistible to every-day people. As January 1st approaches we can’t help but look back at the previous year and assess or muse; sometimes we discuss it with others, but more often not. Analysis of the past year quickly gives way to a look at the year ahead.
We make New Year’s Resolutions because of the entire year ahead. The months, seasons, and holidays seem to stretch out before us forever and we easily imagine the possibilities. We are more likely to set our sites on new resolutions or goals when we seem to have an endless supply of days in which to accomplish them.
We make New Year’s Resolutions because inspiration lives in the symbolism and freshness of the first day.
Welcome to the first in a series of weblogs about making and keeping our New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve been tracking a few of the articles and blogs on this topic and two questions are showing up repeatedly: Why do we make them? Why do we fail to keep them?
These are basically the questions I will take on over the next 28 days.
My personal experience with this over the last, say, 30 years or so indicates many of us do not take the whole New Year’s Resolution (NYR) thing very seriously. A glib commitment can become more detrimental than no commitment at all.
Keeping our resolutions is more complicated. The reasons we don’t keep them are numerous and full of nuance; I’ll begin with one that comes from Leif Enger and “Peace Like a River” when Reuban makes the profound statement, “ . . worry died, as usual, at the hands of routine.” Most of our NYR’s also meet their demise at the hands of routine.
There’s a lot to explore and I’ll work to provide useful nuggets that lend themselves to your exploitation. Since this is my weblog I can shamelessly promote my solutions on our website.
www.thebackplace.com, click on Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions.