Many years ago I gave up on writing New Year’s resolutions. It seemed to me like an exercise in futility—by February I’d forgotten whatever good intentions I had the month before.
It also seemed incorrect to call it a New Year’s resolution, since I was making the same ones year after year.
The Encarta Dictionary has 13 definitions for the word resolution. I would like to look at the concept of the New Year’s Resolution in light of 9 of them.
- Process of resolving—the process of resolving something such as a problem or dispute. We make resolutions in response to problems. We see something in ourselves that needs changing.
- Decision—a firm decision to do something. This is my conundrum. If you make a firm decision to do something, you do it. I forget about it.
- Determination—firmness of mind or purpose. This is another thing I’m wishy-washy about. I’m only…
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