Sunday, December 28, 2008

Those Dreaded Resolutions

You want the good news or the bad news?

Let's start with the good news. 2009 is just around the corner.

With the new year comes the promise of new beginnings.

The bad news? New Years Day also brings those dreaded New Years resolutions.

I'll start:

*Write more – That won’t be hard. I took 4 months off due to burn out.
*Drink less caffeine – Okay, I’ll consider it. LOL
*Lose more weight – That’s a definite. Daughter is graduating in May and that means a herd of relatives with cameras.

The problem with resolutions, aside from breaking them on Day 2, is we begin the year with negative thoughts. “I need to stop drinking 145 cappacinos a day because I’m jumping around like that battery bunny.” If you’re not careful, you’ll start the year on a downward spiral. “If I hadn’t eaten 450 Dingy Dongs a day for 88 years, I wouldn’t need to lose weight. How could I have been such a fool? Why didn’t I stop after 250?” Soon you’re going way down the Could’ve-Should’ve-Would’ve road. "Why didn’t I marry Billy Joe Campbell Lewis Thompson? He owns a Dairy King and a Piggly Diggly."

All right. I’m obviously having fun, but there is a point here. If you want to make those resolutions, do it with positive thoughts. Don’t beat yourself up.

I recently discovered this quote on a school bulletin and it quickly became my favorite.

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” Marcus Aurelius

I plan to keep my eyes focused on the road ahead and not on the rearview mirror.
I hope you'll join me.
Happy New Years!
Tina LaVon


Donna D said...

Resolutions-Hmmmmmmm. I have so many as it seems there's always something about myself I wish I could change-even a little. I vow to finish my blasted book!!!!!

Tina LaVon said...

That is a great one!!!!
I will add that one to my list, too.

Donna Hatch said...

Good advice - keeping things positive is always better than wailing about woulda-shoulda-coulda.

Laurie Schnebly Campbell said...

I'm gonna think of one (and ONLY one) thing to be grateful for every morning when I first wake up. Other times when I've done more than one it gets too demanding, but we'll see how "just one" works out!

Pat Cochran said...

I like Laurie's idea of focusing on
one resolution or on one item. My
"one" would call for being more open
and accepting!

Pat Cochran

Anonymous said...

Hmmm. I quit making resolutions because I never stick with them. What I'm going to do is set both personal and writing goals. :) So check back next year and see how I did.

Tina LaVon said...

Great idea, Kim.
I never meet my goals either. LOL