December 2007

2008 New Year's Resolutions

Author: Lindsey Hawkins

Should “auld acquaintance be forgot?” Well, that depends on how bad “the old days were.” If the old days consisted of abusive relationships, smoking, overeating, dressing in
’80s garb, frosted tips and credit card debt, then maybe its time for a change, or at least a drunken vow at midnight that brings hope for change, even if it only happens for a week.

New Year’s resolutions are not known for being kept. In fact, the actual definition of resolution states that it is just a formal expression of opinion or intention made. Why we feel the need to make a formal announcement of what we intend to do has yet to be deciphered, but mankind has been celebrating leaving the past behind since about 153 B.C.

Back before Christ, a mythical king of Rome, Janus, the god of beginnings and guardian of entrances, was always placed at the beginning of the calendar. He was known to have two faces: one to look back into the past and the other to look forward to the future. He became the ancient symbol for resolutions back in a time when most hoped for forgiveness and wished for good fortune.

Fast forward to 2007, most hoped for the will to drop the Marlborough Lights and then wished for good fortune. So, what’s new on the table for 2008? There is still champagne at midnight with kissing strangers and loved ones. There is still the necessity to lose ten pounds and give to charity. There will always be football and “New Year’s Day doesn’t count; I’ll start tomorrow.”

So, let’s think about new traditions. For example, instead of a grand resolution, make a small promise you can keep—maybe to call your family more often, to get together with a friend you haven’t seen in a while, or forgive someone, even if you don’t tell them you did. Who knows? Maybe by the end of the year you will have figured out what really matters and realize you don’t need a New Year to make a resolution.

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