Resolutions I’m Not Making


January 3, 2011 by Marj Hatzell

Resolutions are made to be broken. There, I said it. The truth is that most people, while nostalgic and looking for ways to right their previous year’s wrongs, are overly ambitious. They set themselves up to fail, look at it like it’s some big joke when they do fail and shrug it off and resolve to do better next year.

Then they do it the following year. And the year after that. And the next thing they know? Ten years have gone by, they are twenty (or thirty or forty. Ahem.) pounds heavier, they still haven’t gone to the gym they joined and their life is slipping away from them.

My point? Well, I rarely have a point. I tend to babble just a tad.

Things I’d resolve to do if I made resolutions:

  1. Take better care of myself
  2. Get more sleep
  3. Be more patient. With my kids and myself.
  4. Love my husband more
  5. Love my kids more
  6. Become a crazy dog lady
  7. Stop wishing for things that ain’t gonna happen.
  8. Get my back fixed up good and stuff.

Things I’m not resolving to do because I don’t make resolutions:

  1. Join a gym (already belong to one)
  2. Lose weight (I’m fine the way I am)
  3. Stop smoking (never started)
  4. Stop drinking (two glasses of wine a month isn’t bad, right?)
  5. Embrace my grey hair (NEVER!  That’s what Feria is for!)

Change your life. Don’t make promises. Don’t dream it. Be it.  DON’T DREAM IT, BEEE-EEE-IT!  Sorry, you know I had to get a RHPS reference in there, right?


Meanwhile, I’d just like to point out that the kids go back to school today. Not that I’m happy about that or anything. Just sayin’.

#2 on my “resolutions if I made them” list will happen today! Off to a good start!

Make it so.



4 thoughts on “Resolutions I’m Not Making

  1. Tex Azarus says:

    It’s funny how some of the greatest blessings and gifts in life come in the craziest little packages.

  2. I only made one, to try to remember that my kids are kids and not little adults. And that’s better than last year’s, which was to lay off the heavy weaponry. (it helps to make resolutions that you have no chance of breaking).

  3. Stephanie says:

    I totally agree that setting goals and commiting to change are better than making New Year resolutions. Resolutions are made to be broken. That’s part of the New Year resolution culture. It’s seen as laudable to try, and not worthy of comment when you fail.

    I set goals all year ’round. Some of them just start at the beginning of the year.

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