An aid to resolutions
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Three days into the new year, the resolutions of many Cleveland and Bradley County residents are still going strong.

Three days into the new year, the resolutions of many Cleveland and Bradley County residents have already failed.

Three days into the new year, the resolutions of many Cleveland and Bradley County residents were never even made, and probably won’t be.

For those whose three days’ of perseverance are paying off, we congratulate them and we urge them to remain steadfast to their cause.

For those whose efforts have plunged into the abyss of futility, we offer this: To make the attempt is noble, and to any who have failed we would offer this familiar reminder, “... try, try again.”

For those who have no worries of spoiled resolutions because none was ever made, we would acknowledge, “... to each his own.”

To all within the above groups, we would also suggest that no magic lies in the making of a New Year’s resolution nor its timing. Most simply consider the first day of the year to be an appropriate start for making change in our lives. Yet, personal change, and its beginning date, should not be tied any more to New Year’s Day than it is to the second day of the year, the third, the fourth and beyond.

A New Year’s resolution is little more than a desire to alter some part of ourselves that could stand a little tweaking; or, in some cases, a lot of tweaking. Or, it could even become a major overhaul. The point is, people want to improve themselves and it is not always easy. This is the value of support groups whether they be within the household, distant family, friends, other loved ones or even co-workers.

Not all resolutions are the same. Some are quite different. Others are even considered unique.

So what about some of the most common? What are yours?

We thought it might be interesting — on this third day of the year — to look at some of America’s favorite commitments. Chances are good they are among those tried locally.

We sought the aid of an Internet website called The list was compiled by Albrecht Powell although we cannot speak to the author’s sources of information. But the list looks oddly familiar — whether it addresses the wishes of those in hometowns from Florida to Washington or from Texas to Maine.

America’s Top 10 New Year’s resolutions (according to one researcher):

1. Spend more time with family and friends.

2. Fit in fitness.

3. Tame the bulge.

4. Quit smoking.

5. Enjoy life more.

6. Quit drinking.

7. Get out of debt.

8. Learn something new.

9. Help others.

10. Get organized.

None is unique. All are common. Yet each is equally as important to those who are attempting it.

Those who spend 60 to 70 hours on the job weekly deserve the chance at a more balanced lifestyle. Those who want to improve their health, but have little chance, should be given such opportunity by those around them. Those battling weight should be encouraged if their desire is to slim down. Those who wish to kick tobacco should be given helpful direction. Those wishing to rid themselves of alcohol dependence should be offered the tools to help make it happen. Those deep in debt should be given guidance.

Resolutions start with the individual, but their success often relies on a support mechanism; namely, the people around them.

None should ever fear making a resolution if it is change worth making.

And none should ever hesitate to ask for help.

Resolutions are much like raising a child; sometimes it takes a village.