New Year’s Resolutions are often made to be broken. American Idol Winner Kelly Clarkson said that she makes New Year’s Resolutions but never keeps them. She is not alone. The hope that begins on the first day of the year frequently gives way to the reality that losing 40 pounds will kill you or smoking has been the device used to keep you from jumping out of that window on 127th floor.
No, New Year’s Resolutions should be made based on things you know you can do. It may be possible to be a better mother or father. It may be possible to be a better husband or wife. It may even be possible to be a nicer person. But making a New Year’s Resolution to cause world peace, or to reverse damage to the Ozone Layer seem somewhat unrealistic.
Having been a writer for 43 years gives some insight into the human predicament. People frequently talk about changing their behavior; however, if Ray Charles was right it is the essential essence of each person that makes them unique. Ray did not want people to change on him.
This New Year’s Eve will be identical to the previous New Year’s Eve. Dick Clark will not be present to drop the ball in Times Square but the ball will still fall. 2014 will still be a year that is hoped to be better than 2013. After the calamity of 2013 the New Year’s baby must be smiling as the old man 2014 takes his leave.
The city government in Washington will be shut down for New Year’s Day to celebrate the New Year. There will be parties and fireworks where legal and Champagne for those who drink alcohol. Grape juice for those who have never had a drink. And, yes, there will be those New Year’s Resolutions. If a man promises his wife to do something New Year's Eve keep the promise. That is a 30 year marriage tip.
By the way, Americans will make those resolutions this year. No one is immune. Last year your customer service reporter made a New Year's Resolution promise to paint the house and remodel the bathroom. Now between writing and reporting for Examiner.com, serving when needed as a Substitute Teacher in the District, and working as a Customer Service Expert for Small Business owners, there is little time for painting and remodeling a bathroom. But a promise is a promise and one should never break a New Year's Resolution. The job was done before New Year's Day. Never break a promise.
Happy New Year 2014