People make resolutions; resolutions make people

Posted 1/1/18

New Year’s resolutions are like opinions: Everybody’s got one … or two or three or four or more.Sometimes they are kept. Other times, well … not so much.New Year’s resolutions are also like …

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People make resolutions; resolutions make people


New Year’s resolutions are like opinions: Everybody’s got one … or two or three or four or more.

Sometimes they are kept. Other times, well … not so much.

New Year’s resolutions are also like the New York Yankees: Some love them. Some hate them. Some would rather drink scalding water with a twist of lime than sit through a baseball game.

Either way, resolutions can be as much fun as they are frustrating.

Truth is, New Year’s resolutions can be a good part of life as long as they are taken seriously, and provided they have the potential for bringing improvement to the person doing the resolving.

Like the people who make them, New Year’s resolutions can be diverse. But, they also can be as common as warts on a frog: OK, OK, there’s no proven amphibian evidence — at least, of which we’re aware — that toads have warts. It’s just a figure of speech, our way — if you will — of saying how people share some of the same concerns, and the same wishes, about themselves and their lives.

We’ve done this before. But heck, it’s 2018, so we’re doing it again. Let’s look at some of America’s most popular New Year’s resolutions. This information was pulled from a variety of websites that claim to know people and understand their desires.

At any rate, take the following information for what it’s worth. We don’t think it’s based on science. It’s just based on opinions.

Resolution No. 10: Help others. Those whose lives are organized, who don’t struggle with an unbalanced lifestyle and who aren’t suffocating under work demands often develop an eagerness to make a difference in the lives of others. It is called volunteerism.

Resolution No. 9: Get organized. Most frequently, this means eliminating clutter by simplifying lifestyles. It also alludes to taking stock of our personal lives with the intent of prioritizing what is most important … and then doing it.

Resolution No. 8: Enjoy life more. This one is open-ended depending upon one’s definition of “enjoyment” or “personal fulfillment.” Most resolve to do this by finding more reasons to be at home and spending quality time with family and loved ones.

Resolution No. 7: Save more. Closely akin to “Getting Out of Debt,” this resolution has more to do with curtailing discretionary spending. The best way to do it is to open, and to contribute, to new savings accounts using direct deposit if it is available, or to open IRAs or a 401(k).

Resolution No. 6: Spend more time with family. This resolution is made mostly by workaholics or at the very least those whose jobs require 60 hours or more a week just to meet work demands. It is also made by community stewards who routinely place the needs of others ahead of their own. For them, the secret is learning to say “No.”

Resolution No. 5: Get out of debt. It takes a commitment, a lot of willpower, a little luck and a renewed mindset that says, “I don’t have to own it just because I want it.”

Resolution No. 4: Stop smoking (or any tobacco use). Today’s health numbers, and rising insurance rates, tell the story. It’s why many are trying to kick tobacco’s butt.

Resolution No. 3: Quit drinking. Some pledge to stop consuming alcohol altogether, others simply to curtail the amounts.

Resolution No. 2: Exercise. Some might place this in the “Lose Weight” category, but our findings showed that even the skinny-minis are getting more serious about regular exercise, because it can help them as well as overcome stress, hypertension, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes and other ailments common to today’s rat-race society.

Resolution No. 1: Should we even say it? Lose weight. One website reported more than 66 percent of American adults are considered overweight or obese. Admittedly, that’s an old number from 2011. By now, it could be worse.

So there it is … America’s favorite New Year’s resolutions.

What are yours?

If you make them, keep the faith and stay the course. If you don’t, perhaps that’s a resolution unto itself: Not to make New Year’s resolutions.

Happy New Year, folks!

May it bring joy. May it offer hope. May it give us reason to believe.


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