Monday, January 4, 2010

“Be it resolved…”

by John Alexander Madison
January 4, 2010

It’s that time of the year…New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, New Year’s Week…a time for reflection on the past opportunity for a new beginning…a time for New Year’s resolutions.

So, let’s get some easy one’s out of the way right now. These can be yours and mine!

#1…Resolve to get more exercise (and lose weight). More? Who am I kidding? Let me rephrase that…I’ll start over and make this year’s resolution more realistic, more achievable. I promise to get some exercise, perhaps at least once a week. I can do that!

#2…Resolve to eat better. No more ice cream. No more red meat. Eat more fruits and vegetables. No more sodas. Eight glasses of water every day. Who am I kidding? Let me rephrase that and make this year’s resolution more realistic, more achievable. Okay, one more time…I promise to cut back on my ice cream consumption. I promise to eat less red meat, more fruit and veggies and drink fewer sodas and drink more water. I can do that!

#3…Resolve to spend more time with family and friends. Now I’m getting the hang of this. Pick not only resolutions you can easily achieve but ones you WANT to achieve. Everyone wins.

#4…Resolve to learn something new. Another easy one. Don’t be complacent or content. Stimulate your mind; learn something new every’s a sure way to stay young.

#5…Resolve to drink less alcohol. Okay, I’ll do it. Drinking less is a guaranty one will live longer. Since I don’t drink alcohol this one’s in the bag...even thought the doctor said a glass of red wine a day will ensure a longer life.

#6…Resolve to listen to my doctor! So, right off the bat, do I break resolution #5 or #6? This is getting confusing.

#7…Resolve to quit smoking. Well, about 45 years ago the U.S. Surgeon General stated “WARNING: Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health.” And the Surgeon General was right. Are you still smoking? Duh!

#8…Resolve to manage your debt. If one has debt it is critical to reduce it immediately or over time. Do not increase your debt in 2010. Resolving to save more money goes hand in hand with this one. Save money for a rainy day, save money for emergencies, and save money for your retirement. Accumulating more debt is a killer…it’s definitely not good for your mental health and if your mental health deteriorates so will your physical well-being.

#9….Resolve to get organized. Who couldn’t benefit from this one? Simplify your life and donate items you will never use to someone who will.

#10…Resolve to dedicate more time to volunteer to help others. George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, talked about a “thousand points of light” in his 1989 inaugural speech, referring to “all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the nation, doing good, for everyone. I agree. Hillary Clinton wrote “It Takes a Village,” to raise a child. (Rather than two parents? Really?) I disagree. Volunteer today to make your community an even better place to live, for everyone!

Well, this is only a beginning…a starting point. Don’t lose your opportunity to make a few New Year’s resolutions right now, today. It is not too late.

The tradition of New Year’s resolutions is a long-standing one which, according to, dates back to the early Babylonians. Wilstar indicates that “Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. The early Babylonian's most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.”

As the New Year begins perhaps we can all agree to a modern twist on the Babylonian resolution…rather than returning borrowed farm equipment, we should:

RESOLVE to carry over last year’s pledge to force our government to return to the basic principles of a free market economy…and to stop spending money it doesn’t have. How can we do that?

For starters we can RESOLVE to not reelect any member of Congress who has been complicit in the disastrous agenda of the 44th President of the United States. Let’s be honest here. The Denver Broncos (2009 edition) had a better game plan than our president, and we now know what a disaster that plan was.

Keep the faith. A list of New Year’s resolutions cannot be achieved over night. In the meantime, may the New Year bring much health, happiness and prosperity to us all…our families, our friends, our elected leaders, our spiritual leaders, and also those with whom we may disagree…and let’s RESOLVE to work together to make this great nation an even better place to live.

Happy New Year 2010!

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