New Year’s Resolution

Just getting around to this. Because.

I resolve in 2013 to not resolve.

I may do somethings less. Or more. But I won’t promise.

I might do things I should or I might do things I want. But I’m not resolving anything about them.

I might be easier on myself. Or harder on myself. We’ll see.

I’m not going to guarantee that I start or finish or make progress on anything in particular. I might do all three. You don’t know and neither do I.

I might see the journey and I might privilege the destination. I certainly won’t commit either to writing.

I might be more mindful. I might forget. Or I might just refuse to engage. All fair game.

If it just so happens that I do things more quickly or more slowly, why then so be it. Subject to change whenever I feel.

If change is constant and I resolve to change, is that saying anything? If we’re all basically the same people, then are resolutions anything other than self loathing in culturally compelling form?

I don’t know.

But I will not twist myself into knots about beginning contortions or ceasing patterns because of a day on the calendar.

Then again, I may.

I reserve the right to do both, though I don’t resolve to use that right.


8 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolution

  1. I have to agree-I gave up on resolutions a long time ago. I realized that it was better to spend the time, energy and money on reflection, then action. Focusing on what I think I need never seems to be as powerful as simply moving forward with positive intentions and seeing what the world offers to me. Best wishes for 2013, whatever may find you.

  2. I am not a New Year’s resolution maker myself. I think because any resolution I make lasts about three to four days. I like to think of myself as a Sunday resolution maker. I resolve on Sunday, spend three to four days resolving, and then let all hell break loose for the next three to four. I find that yo-yo living keeps things interesting. My family would agree. Gotta go. Tomorrow is Friday. I have some binge eating to do.

  3. Yep, agreed. I stopped doing New Year’s resolutions years ago. If something needs to be fixed or done, then I should just get to it, rather than waiting for some arbitrary calendar date. And if things are fine, then why should I look for flaws?

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