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.