New Year Resolutions
Family, fireworks, fun with friends.
The New Year has begun.
As we wake with hangovers,
we face our resolutions.
Lose five pounds by early next week.
Call that childhood friend.
Clean that closet, you know the one.
Try not to overspend.
Drink less, floss more.
Take your vitamins.
Reach out to your old neighbor
and try to make amends.
Worry less, play more.
Shoot for eight hours sleep.
These promises are such a pain.
How many do we keep?
My track record is not that great.
I’ll break more than a few, I fear.
Don't despair, I’ll forge ahead,
and start again next year.
I do love New Year's Eve. Though I no longer want to be in the thick of wild celebrations or standing in line to eat an overpriced meal at a restaurant, I do love the process: the accounting of the year (highs and lows, all part of the fabric of life), and the renewed commitment to appreciate who and what are good in our lives. I also like looking forward to the next year with the illusion of a "clean slate". That's where those pesky resolutions come into play.
What are some of your resolutions? How would you describe your success with past resolutions?
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