Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Resolution Journey is a Short One

We do live in a fast-paced world.  We need to take a look at New Year's Resolutions before they are stale-dated.  And that is very soon.  I wonder if there is something new on the horizon.  Last year we found out that it takes only 6 weeks for 80% of New Year's resolutions to fail.  

Historically we trace New Year's resolutions to the Babylonians and Romans. Wikipedia says that a quarter of American adults made resolutions at the end of the Great Depression. Polls showed that 40 - 50% of Americans made resolutions by the end of the 1990's.  They also show that New Year's resolutions are more likely to succeed than decisions made at other times of the year.  

What about New Year's resolutions of the famous? Jonathan Swift, Susan Sontag, Marilyn Monroe and Woody Guthrie penned New year's resolutions.  They are at brainpickings.org.

On the sublime side, Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement in the mid-19th century wrote:

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

And to book-end that on the satirical humour side, I found this on cbc.ca:

"This year, I will write War and Peace." - J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954
"Tolkien took almost the entire year to write War and Peace, keeping it a secret from his publisher. Upon submitting his completed masterpiece to the publisher and being told that War and Peace had already been written by Leo Tolstoy as far back as 1867, Tolkien burned the book (which had turned out identically to the original Russian work but with more elves) and wrote The Lord of the Rings in the year's five remaining days."  (This was by Jeremy Woodcock)

The lists of resolutions grow longer and more lofty every year - it used to be the top 10, it has grown to the 35 best, and even 100 resolutions that will inspire you.

What can we look forward to on resolutions? The stale-date is January 17th - 'Ditch Your Resolution Day'.  That seems to be shorter than a vacation.

We see Niagara Falls on January 1st - Resolution Day.



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