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New Year's Resolutions

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Now that the New Year is upon us, I thought it would be the best time to tell you to keep up the great work and stay the course with your 2016 resolutions. Every New Year seems to bring many resolutions. Keeping resolutions can be tough if not impossible. Most only last about eight weeks or so. Some resolutions include quitting smoking, quitting drinking alcohol, starting an exercise program and so on.

When reviewing current resolutions and considering future resolutions, I thought I might offer a little suggestion that might help you increase your chances of success. Senior citizens can give you many good ideas for resolutions. As the old saying goes, our senior citizens have been there and done that and probably know better than anyone which resolutions work and which ones simply don't.

I once had the opportunity to sit down and chat with one of our wise local senior citizens. During that conversation, I discovered some very vital and informative information concerning New Year's resolutions that I will never forget. As someone who had lived many years, this fine lady went on to tell me about the many resolutions she had either succeeded at or failed at over the many years of her life. She discussed the many failed attempts at exercise with a chuckle, stating she just didn't understand all the fuss over working for nothing by exercising. She stated that she had worked way too hard in her lifetime to spend countless hours exercising. She then asked, "Do I look like a lady who needs exercise?" After a short pause, I replied, "Of course not!" She then laughed and said, "When you're as gorgeous as me, who needs exercise?" I then stated, "That's right."

This fine lady then stated that out of all the resolutions she had attempted in her life the best resolutions to follow were to always put God first, family second and work third in your life. She further stated that this was a resolution many people make every year but, for whatever reason, end up putting work first and don't leave much if any time for God and family.

After this very informative and enjoyable conversation, I found myself reflecting upon the experience and how it could possibly help not only me but others as well. Listening to this wise senior citizen made me realize that there are many good and bad New Year's resolutions - some obtainable and some not. I also found that succeeding and failing at a New Year's resolution wasn't always good or bad, but that resolutions were pretty much something most people discussed around the New Year. I also discovered that resolutions can be implemented at any time, not just New Year's Day.

So if you fail during the first couple of months of the New Year with your resolution(s) or simply can't think of any in December, don't worry. You have the whole year to come up with one. And if you can't come up with one this year, there's always next year. Happy New Year!

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