Published December 27, 2012
(In response to last week’s column)
“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
With a smile from “sticky outie” ear to ear, Charlie picks up his puny Christmas tree and skips happily home, believing now that Christmas is not about perfect performances, materialistic gifts, or brand-name boots. It has a much deeper meaning than any of that. (Although I really do like the boots — “UGHHH”!)
I hope a lot of you were able to restrain from overspending and had a beautiful holiday with your families. I had a great Christmas, but was somewhat unsuccessful in taking my own advice. It’s all a work in
Resolute the positive
It’s the end of another year and obviously the world didn’t end on Dec. 21, so it’s time for another round of New Year’s resolutions. Let’s try something different this year. We’re always putting such impossible expectations on ourselves that we’re destined to fail.
If you couldn’t lose 20 pounds in November, what makes you think you can do it in January? Just because it’s a new year doesn’t mean you can never drink pop again! If you want to jump on the resolution bandwagon, try something inspirational. It might not make you look skinny, but it can make you a better person.
For example, I’m going to say something nice to my kids and husband every day. It could be about their hair, their smile, the way they did something or even that I’m just proud of who they are. You know by now that I’m not a perfect person (by far), so I don’t know if I’ll be able to stick to it, but I’m going to do my best.
If you’re not a verbal person then maybe make a conscious effort to smile more or write a card to someone different every week. Wouldn’t it be nice if our resolution made a difference in someone else’s life, too?
Besides, who ever said a New Year’s resolution has to be so grueling anyway?