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Pamy's Place: New Year's Resolutions

Pamy Blaine reveals her new year's resolutions - and suggests some resolutions for Open Writing readers to consider.

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Itís the beginning of a New Year and time to make those resolutions. Many people say they donít make resolutions because they will just break them but as the old saying goes, ďIf at first you donít succeed, try, try, again.Ē However, there is another version of that old saying that says, ďIf at first you donít succeed, skydiving is not for you!Ē I donít think Iíll take up skydiving but making resolutions can be a good thing. After all, itís a brand new year and a good time to begin again. Sometimes my resolutions come about through past experiences:

In 2007, I resolve:

* To put the ice cream in the freezer and not on the cabinet shelf.

* To be sure the freezer door is shut after I put the ice cream in it. (What a mess!)

* To get the clothes out of the dryer the first time it stops instead of turning it back on and using more electricity to try to shake out the wrinkles after itís too late.

* To not take the cat to the vet without her being in a carrier.

* To find something that will take cat barf stains out of the carís carpet.

* To not get my perfume stick and my lipstick mixed up. (Yuck!)

* To eat less chocolate, just as soon as I finish eating this Goo Goo cluster.

You could probably add some of your own humorous resolutions but all joking aside, there are many serious resolutions that we could all benefit from if we would really give them a try.

Here are a few good ideas and some are even fun and not nearly as difficult as you might think:

In 2007, I resolve:

* To spend more time with family and friends. (One resolution that I once read said, ďI resolve to spend more time with neglected children. . . Mine!Ē)

* To give up a bad habit. Whether itís smoking, drinking, overeating, or biting your fingernails, overcoming something that is bad for your health or well-being will not only better your health but also give you a great feeling of accomplishment.

* To get out of debt. Make a budget or take a course to learn how to gain financial freedom.

* To resolve to mend fences with those strained relationships. Life is too short to hold grudges. Remember that bitterness is an acid that destroys itís own container. Put aside thoughts of blame. As Voltaire said, ďNo snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsibleĒ, so go ahead and bury the hatchet once and for all but donít mark itís grave so you wonít be tempted to dig up that hatchet again!

* To resolve to help others. Volunteer your time to do something for someone else. Hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, and schools always need volunteers or simply help out a neighbor with some needed task.

* To learn something new. This can be an easy resolution to keep. Take a class in something youíve always wanted to learn to do. Read a ďhow toĒ book or learn a new language.

* To get organized. Organizing your home, workshop, or office takes away stress of unexpected company or finding that wrench or stapler that you need on the spur of the moment.

* To read the Bible through in a year. We often make resolutions concerning our physical and emotional health but our spiritual health is most important of all. If you read only four chapters a day, you will be finished before the year is up.

Whether you choose one of these resolutions or some of your own, it is important to keep trying because if we never made resolutions of any kind, we would never progress or solve any problems. Resolution and resolve have helped us improve our lives as well as having won wars. As Winston Churchill once said during WWII, ďNever give in.Ē

If at first you donít succeed, skydiving may not be for you but keep trying the things that are beneficial to you, your family, and to your health.

Happy New Year!

© January 2007

ďNever give in. Never give in.
Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small,
large or petty--never give in, except to
convictions of honor and good sense.
Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently
overwhelming might of the enemy.Ē Winston Churchill


Pamela lives in Missouri with her husband, Michael. She enjoys writing, music, and country living. She writes "Pam's Corner" for her local newspaper and many stories have been published on the internet as well as in several books such as The Miracle Of Sons, 2The Heart/People Who Make A Difference, and A Tribute To Moms. Her goal is to write to encourage others and to write stories for her children and grandchildren so that stories and family history will be preserved.

Pam and Mike have made a CD of several songs she has written called, "I'll Walk You Home". It is available by freewill donation. More information as well as a clip from the CD is on the website at: http://www.blaines.us/PamyPlace.htm

e-mail: pamyblaine@blaines.us

"Security is not the absence of danger,
but the presence of God"


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