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The Newcomer

I firmly resolve...not to resolve!

I don't believe in setting myself up for failure-so, I never make New Year's resolutions. Rather, I settle for good intentions.

I find the end of a year or the beginning of a new one as good a time as any to take a personal audit of a wide range of behavior, bad habits, faults and failings.

I try not to dwell on any of the above, lest I fall into deep depression . . . a state of mind that might force me to adopt a resolution just to pull me out of it.

And avoiding resolutions is certainly my goal at this time of year.

I don't want to promise myself that I will quit indulging my appetite for sweets, although it would be nice if that craving left me alone. I don't want to put it in stone that I will exercise at least three times a week, although I certainly feel much better when I do. And I don't want to join a club, a circus or a bowling league, although it could mean adding some diversity to my life.

It takes a lot of effort to keep from making resolutions when all around you people are making them and bugging you about making them.

Some people seem to take it as a personal crusade to quiz others about what resolutions they have or haven't made . . . and then, a week or so later, they're likely to come back and ask if you've broken them yet.

I jut don't want to be part of that little game, so I intend to keep fighting against the New Year's Resolution.

Hmmm, now that I think on it, my determination to avoid making resolutions could be considered a resolution in itself!

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