Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Dec. 31, 2001

We all have our resolutions in mind . . . or do we?


It's that time again, with a new year just around the corner and another chance to improve on our lives as we make our New Year's resolutions once again.

What kind of resolutions do you plan on making this year? My resolution for the year 2002 is to not make anymore empty, fruitless resolutions.

Not that I don't have plenty of things in my life that I can improve upon. I promise you, that's certainly not the case.

Instead, I am planning to take an alternate route this year. Rather than trying to come up with a list that I need to tackle throughout the whole year, I am vowing to take each and every "resolution" as it comes and address it immediately.

I have found that when I make a bunch of resolutions, none of them seem to get done. If I try to change one small thing, I have a much better chance of actually doing it.

In other words, I am going to work on my faults one at a time, as they surface, rather than try to do an entire personality change over night. So, I guess, indirectly, my resolution is to stop procrastinating.

How many people make unreasonable demands on themselves this time of the year? You can't expect to change yourself overnight.

If it were that easy, there would be many more happy, well adjusted, and thin people in the world.

The following is a list of the top 10 New Years resolutions from adults around the world:

Top 10 real New Years resolutions

10. Become a better person

9. Be more creative

8. Eat better

7. Be more patient with people

6. Exercise more

5. Become more organized

4. Find a better job

3. Save more money

2. Stick to a budget

1. Lose weight

I can honestly say that if I were making resolutions this year, I would need to make most of those.

In addition to the real resolutions that we are making, there are also resolutions for different, more specialized, groups of people. The following are a few more "contemporary and specific" New Year's resolutions:

Top 10 resolutions for computer geeks

10. I will not "e-mail hug, throw e-snowballs, or e-tag" anyone.

9. I will stop sending e-mail to my spouse.

8. I resolve to work with neglected children . . . my own.

7. I will answer my snail mail with the same enthusiasm I answer my e-mail . . . even the bills.

6. When I subscribe to a news group or mailing list, I will read all the mail I get from it.

5. I will think of a password other than "password."

4. I will limit my time on Ebay to an hour a month.

3. I resolve to back up my hard drive daily . . . well, once a week . . . monthly perhaps . . .

2. I will spend less than one hour a day on the Internet.

1. I will read my manual.

Top 10 resolutions for responsibility-challenged adults

10. I will assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else's fault.

9. I will strive to live each day as if it were my 21st birthday.

8. Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so!"

7. Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day in my underwear. Instead, I will move my computer into the bedroom.

6. I will no longer waste my time reliving the past; I will spend it worrying about the future.

5. Before I criticize a man, I will walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he gets angry, he's a mile away and barefoot.

4. I will quit thinking that a scapegoat is almost as good as a solution.

3. I will remind myself that in some cultures what I do would be considered normal.

2. I will not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper, and complain.

1. I will honor and express all facets of my being, regardless of state and local laws.

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