For the last two years we have explained why we don’t get around to making our New Year’s resolutions until sometime in March. No, procrastination has nothing to do with it. Out logic is flawless. The holiday season stretching all the way back to Halloween is just too hectic during which to make logical, sustaining, life altering decisions. (See “Be It Resolved,” Jan. 2, 2012 in Life.)
The rule is about to have an exception. A couple of them even. She and He have both already resolved at least once for 2014. He started planning changes for 2014 at the end of October. She reached her epiphany while doing some between holiday cleaning and verbalized a resolution for next year almost before Christmas was over. That’s when the light bulb went off, the penny dropped, and realization came into focus. It’s never the wrong time of the year to improve oneself.
Holy resolutions! What a profound statement. It’s never the wrong time of the year to improve oneself. When something significant arises it would be silly to wait until March – or January – to do something about it. And that’s another reason we’re against New Year’s resolutions at the start of the New Year. One can’t just pick once a year to start improving.
Now there are always going to be those non-resolution resolutions. Eat less, exercise more, stay off the couch, don’t nag, don’t drink, lose weight, gain height, avoid sharp objects, don’t insult the boss in public particularly when the boss is part of the public. Some people just can’t make it through a New Year’s Eve celebration without spouting something seemingly profound in the cloud of champagne and confetti. Go ahead and make those. They are the ones that die on January 2 anyway. (Hopefully at least the one about the boss.)
But real life changing challenges shouldn’t be restricted to one day. It’s never the wrong time of the year to improve oneself. Except maybe January 1.
Now, that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you?