It’s been a while since I made any New Year’s resolutions. I stopped when I realized that by Jan. 2, I had already failed to keep them. “Why bother?” I reasoned. Anyway, it’s a lot of pressure to remember what you resolved to do or not do, and then to follow through and actually do or not do it.
So instead of dooming myself to the inevitable failure of not living up to my own expectations, I ‘improve’ myself now by looking back on the year to see what I have to re-learn about life. I’m always amazed at what I forgot to remember.
It’s good to have a sense of humor, for instance, and I’ll try to remember that the next time somebody backs their old car into my new one. Sure, nobody got hurt, but that’s only because I couldn’t remember where the unlock door button was. Believe me, German engineering isn’t always logical.
It’s also good to reflect on the wisdom of the old saying, “You have to take the good along with the bad.” Instead of wondering why bad things happen to good people, I have come to the conclusion that it is better to hope that good things will happen to bad people. Maybe all the good stuff will overwhelm them enough so they stop doing bad things.
I really need to remember that I wasn’t created perfect and never will be. But sometimes I work too hard at it. Mother Theresa, now on her way to sainthood, told us that we don’t always have to succeed at something to be successful. We just have to try. Although she was speaking about caring for the poor, its good advice for most of what life throws at us.
There is one resolution that I can keep and that is to wish all Writer’s Block readers, a peaceful and happy New Year.
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