Ok, it's that time--start up with those great promises to yourself--eat fewer donuts, drink less alcohol or coffee, quit smoking, spend more time with the kids, work on your individual co-worker relationships, recycle more often and with conviction, drive more carefully, stop yakking incessantly on the cell phone, focus on your toughest school subjects, support the UH teams whether they are winning or losing, because--after all--they are our teams... You make the list.
Ah, yes, the New Year's resolution celestial chart can certainly grow longer and deeper as we try to improve our demeanor, our looks, our plight in life, our relationships. so maybe this year--don't shoot for the moon, start taking incremental steps and give yourself check-ups along the way. Mark it on the calendar once a month to see how you're doing. And, when you see that you are failing for the 14th year in a row, simply throw out the calendar. Nah, nah, nah. Be tough on yourself and resolve to stretch a bit--but figure out how you're going to do what you want to do--the easy part is defining the "what," it's the "how" and the "how much" and the "how often" that often lead to downfall and despair.
And if you simply can't do it, good news. There's always next year, just like you said last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and... Think About It.