Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Resolution Revolution

by Gwen Fifield 
from Live Free or Die by Jessie Crockett

So it's that time of year again. You know, the time when the enthusiasm for resolutions that accompanies January 1 has changed to the resignation of failure that is February 1. Every year at this time I feel pretty low in the self esteem department and it has a lot to do with the pounds I haven't peeled off and all the half-finished knitting projects piling up in my home. After the difficult Christmas season that just passed, I'm not up for giving myself a hard time. I've decided this year to leave that up to the guys on the fire department and to my older sister Augusta.

It occurred to me most of the sense of failure had to do with feeling like there were things I ought to be doing and then realizing I was just not motivated to do them. That was when I had an ah-ha moment. This year I applied a different strategy which relies on my my ability to not do things. It's a Resolution Revolution. I have decided on a whole list of things to stop doing. And it is going really well because none of them were things I wanted to do in the first place.

So, here is my list:

Stop joining new committees in town just because you like the person asking you
Stop answering the phone if you don't want to talk to the person displayed on the caller id
Stop trying to lose twenty pounds
Stop saying no to dessert (see previous resolution)
Stop shoveling your own driveway

Anyone up for joining me? If you feel like you've already failed at resolutions for the year take heart, it's not too late. Asian New Year starts February 10. There is still plenty of time for a Resolution Revolution of your own!


  1. Thanks, Gwen. Here are mine: 1. Stop feeling guilty for failing to keep a resolution. 2. Stop making resolutions...

  2. I like this idea! Can I figure out how to stop worrying about what I can't get done around the house??

  3. Mine are I will spoil my grandchildren, I will keep eating chocolate and I won't start smoking.
    Cassie, Edmonton, Alberta.

  4. Everyone seems to really be getting into the Revolutionary spirit!

  5. Oh I love this because I recently gave up trying to lose 20 pounds and am working on being happy as I am. I tried for a year and nothing worked. I am healthy, i work out but the 20 pounds is here to stay so I really have to just give it up and embrace it. Thank you for validating my choice. I like the new logo at the top, it put me in a Spring mood!
    My resolution was to spend more concentrated time with my elderly cat who is 16.

  6. Lol, I broke the one resolution I made within a week, so no more for me. I am perfect as I am.