Sunday, December 31, 2017

...and I resolve

Clean Slate 
New Year's Day
"You know how you're supposed to come up with a list of "resolutions" at the beginning of the year to try to make yourself a better person?
Well, the problem is, it's not easy for me to think of ways to improve myself, because I'm already pretty much one of the best people I know.
So this year my resolution is to try and help OTHER people improve. But the thing I'm finding out is that some people don't really appreciate it when you're trying to be helpful.
One thing I noticed right off the bat is that the people in my family are doing a lousy job sticking to THEIR New Year's resolutions."
text from pages 1-2 of the book "Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Last Straw."

And so begins the Wimpy Kid story by Jeff Kinney. The first few pages caught my attention since the story line in the first part of the book about resolutions is quite timely as 2017 draws to a close. Mr. Kinney has written a series of books for middle grade students. His astute  humorous approach written in a diary format captures the spirit and interests of the middle school reader . The main character, a middle schooler at times appears clueless how to handle social and school situations that come his way. Since this is an age group I have worked with this series appeals to me and its a fun read.

Looking at a 2018 calendar made me think of a clean slate as a new year approaches. The January page hanging looks so clean and bare... no scribbles, scheduled appointments, events to attend, dates to remember or places to be at. A clean slate certainly is something to think about. Starting fresh has endless possibilities with chances to make some changes, new things to look forward to and just perhaps there may be some surprises awaiting each of us in 2018.

I've read that each January roughly one out of every three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. But a smaller percentage actually make good on those resolutions. The top resolutions focus on eating healthier, weight loss, more exercise, quitting smoking and saving more money. The drive to exercise more is quite evident when I am at the gym. Attendance numbers will be at an all time high in January and then after two to three months be back to normal. Why is this? Not sure since we all start out with good intentions making our resolutions but some how along the way get side tracked. Perhaps we need to have some kind of support/reward system in place to help us stick with our resolutions. If you are one who has made a resolution be sure it is a worthy one that is attainable and then work on keeping it.

Wishing all of you
Quiet wonders
That touch your soul
Many favorite memories
That make you smile 
And peace in your world 
Happy New Year

"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one." 

Brad Paisley

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