New Year’s resolutions, a fresh start, out with the old-in with the new…all things I am not going to take part in this year. It is not because I feel particularly pessimistic or am suffering from New Year blues but simply because I just don’t feel like it.
Life is busy enough and full of the challenges of modern day living. The stress of trying not to care what others think of you but still being considerate too. The challenge of raising children the best way one can without being too controlling. The fine balance of care free pleasure and guilt free work. The exhausting feat of keeping up with the mountains of paper work that come rolling in the letter box. The nagging need to keep in touch with friends you should have called a week ago but haven’t. Surely all this and so much more gives me a good reason to avoid the whole issue of making a New Year’s resolution and adding yet another weight onto that globe upon my shoulders.
Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever. – Mark Twain
So following in these words by Mark Twain I shall make no new resolution but shall attempt to continue to challenge and work through my many short comings and perhaps in some small way make a difference to my life and those that share it with me.