January 01, 2004


Happy New Year everybody.

Since so many people like to tout their New Year resolutions on the Internet, let me tell you about the last time I made one.

I resolved never again to have a New Year resolution. Itís the only one Iíve lived up to.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at January 1, 2004 12:09 PM

I made the same decision a few years ago myself, but not as a New Year's resolution. I figured if I could change on Jan 1, I could change now. If I had to put it off until Jan 1, how serious was I about changing.

Posted by: gordie at January 1, 2004 12:55 PM

Happy New Year!

Posted by: karrie at January 1, 2004 01:26 PM

I'm with you, Michael. My sentiments on Friday, 2 January 2004:

Me and Bobby McGee
As Janis Joplin sang in Kris Kristofferson’s song, Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose. Which is why I feel like a million bucks this morning. You see, I haven’t broken any New Year’s resolutions. How’s that possible, you ask, given the incredibly high failure rate already established just a fraction into the New Year?

Because I resolved not to make any New Year’s resolutions this year. Nothing about smoking; diet; exercise; working on my inner self, outer self, higher self; improving this, that, or the other; family, personal, and professional relationships; better use of my time; etc., ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

Ergo, I’m already a winner. No pangs of guilt. No restraints. No impact on my self-image. Complete freedom to do whatever I want to!

This brings to mind an engaging bit of philosophy I heard a long time ago from a comedian (whose name escapes me): He said that he never exercised first thing in the morning because he didn’t want to begin his day facing his limitations. This begs the question, then, “Why begin a new year by setting goals that will most likely not be achieved?”

To paraphrase Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon’s “Hans and Franz” (you remember, the “we want to pump you up” duo) from SNL, “Read me now and hear me later.” In other words, seriously consider following my lead here.

So, to all you losers out there, a few words of consolation: In a mere 364 days, you’ll have an opportunity to try again.

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