The time has come for the end; when the proverbial “pen hits the paper.” I’m not referring to taxes, but year-end resolutions. We all make them, and we’ve all broken them, but this year is different. This year is the year for positive changes. These changes will set the course for how, not just this, but the years to come for life expectations will propel life into motion.
Most of us will make a list of 10 resolutions. The first one at the top of the list is generally to lose weight. Even if you don’t appear to be overweight, you just want to tone-up. So how do you get started? Stop eating real food, and just eat a salad and have a glass of water? This is indeed a misconception, as your body must have other nutrients rich in vitamins, but provided in other foods. The best way to accomplish this resolution is to cut out that bedtime snack. Write down your weight, and for one month go without the snack, or if you don’t have a snack, your dessert, and after a month, you should notice the difference, and resolution one will be complete.’
Resolution two began when you took out the pen and paper. You must get a system of organization in place. A simple daily list of things to do will keep you in place. Plan your trip to the grocery store, the rearrange those cabinets and shelves. You know the ones, the ones you say “I can’t ever find anything in here?” That is the one.
Resolution three is an automatic byproduct off your dedication from Resolutions one and two. You will by this time notice you have your life functioning by routine, and you are eating more at home than you are eating out. You now have money to put back on rainy days.
Resolution four is the time you let yourself be consumed by the benefits of your “New Year’s Kind of Life” and for those clear days after the rainy days have cleared. Before you had no money, no time, and you were too tired to go anywhere if you did. Well that is has changed since you have made some valuable resolutions in your life and with your time. With resolutions one, two, and three, you know have some money set aside, a list of places you want to go, and now, yes the time has come for you to start planning and asserting you lists. Pick your place and contact a travel company to book it for a lay away plan. Get ready for a change of scenery and some retail therapy, you’ve saved for it!
Resolution five has you out and about. You have made some major changes in your life. You are looking good, feeling good, and you are smiling again. You have planned a trip with your organizational skills that will be pre-paid, so once you get ready to take it, you can do so without worrying about cost. There are many classes you can take: yoga, aerobics, running or just walking every day can have an added benefit to decreasing the waist line, and to stimulate all of the endorphins in the brain that makes you feel good.
Resolution six encompasses your downtime. This is the best time for resolutions to fail. This is the time you will are consumed by the benefits of the failure. You must utilize your talents, or you will be idle and bored which leads to, “I must be hungry.”
Just this weekend my mother had invited my Aunt Joyce, and that woman is phenomenal in the kitchen. However, we had to wait. So I went into the living room and played a couple of piano pieces.
Resolution seven, well smoking is bad for you. Yes, you need to quit. And you probably quit every year huh? It’s a struggle, but you need to breathe.
Resolution eight is the easiest for me, may not be for you. I had a teacher tell me when I was a child, sometimes people don’t feel good about something and they wear a frown. She told me, the best thing, to do was, just share your smile with them. You have plenty more where that one came from.
Resolution nine, if you haven’t fallen in love, get out there and do it. I mean true love. I’ve read it is never too late to fall in love. I’ve read fairy tales and watched television shows about feelings, emotions, a bond or connection between two people so strong, that when they are together time stands still. You will have the naysayers that say, does that really happen? Yes, it does.
Resolution ten – spend time with your family. I read on Christmas day a woman woke to a house full of flames. She and male acquaintance escaped. They drove her ex-husband there where he was informed both of his parents and all three of his children were consumed by the fire. My heart goes out to what is left of this family. Again, spend time with your family. As it reads –“Tomorrow is a promise to no one.”
Published October 6, 2011, Ruston Daily Leader, The Park Bench.