Insights: Realistic resolutions

Happy New Year! Hopefully, you are still keeping those New Year’s resolutions that you were so steadfast in making just a few days ago. Funny how so many people vow to immediately begin exercising, go on a crash diet or spend less and save more on the heels of the season where the absolute opposite is encouraged. It seems we are setting ourselves up to fail miserably – again.

With that in mind, I have made a list of things I love to talk about, but have a difficult time putting into practice. The caveat is that, every time I break one of these resolutions, I have to put $10 in a jar, and run five laps around the block – reverse psychology in a twisted sort of way, I guess. At any rate, here are my sure-to-be-broken, New Year’s resolutions for 2008:

  • Only watch one bowl game or sporting event on television at a time – no more hogging the remote.
  • No meals including fried foods, barbeque, heavy starches, carbohydrates or sugar twice in the same day.
  • No alcohol after 2 a.m. or before noon.
  • No cigar smoking – except outdoors with old buddies.
  • Turn this column in on time each month to our managing editor, Christina Jesson – or provide a written excuse if I don’t.
  • Spend more time listening and less time talking.
  • Keep in mind that nothing is as it first seems – both good and bad.
  • Do not immediately react to the news received in the previous resolution (good or bad) until I have either figured it out, or the steam is no longer coming out of my ears.
  • Give more and take less.
  • Slow down and occasionally stop and smell the petunias.

By the end of the year, I will either be independently wealthy and fit as a fiddle after depositing all of those $10 bills and the laps around the block, or the most frustrated guy in town. Good luck to you and yours.

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