Oh, right, it's New Year's Day. I believe traditionally that is a time for resolutions. But what good is a resolution without consequence, without history? It will hardly do to hopefully resolve on some personal improvement every year and have it be the same thing needed every time because no improvement is ever made. That is why I think I am going to have to start this year's resolution with a bracing confrontation with reality. Before we set our mighty goals for the year to come I am going to first dare to look at what we proposed here a year ago today as our ambitions for the New Year.
Are you with me? Are you ready to let the chips fall where they may? Okay then, I will be back in a moment with our New Year's Resolution, published right here, a year ago today, so that we can see if we achieved our goals and so save ourselves, hopefully, from a cycle of endless striving and forgetting.
Your New Year's Resolution
I don't think random markers in time are good places to make decisions for change. One shouldn't resolve to improve based on a traditional time to do so. I know you come here each year for guidance in your New Year's Resolutions, but being hungover is not a place from which to seek improvement. We are too vulnerable. And as for me, the power of the written word is already so heady. I preach enough as it is.
So if I must guide you, let it be just this:
You are better than you think. Take this year off.
Oh my god! I totally did that! You did it too? Success! We are the champions!
But we should do it one more time, in this coming year, just to make sure.