Happy New Year

It is now 2008, and I wish you all the best for it.

I’ve been asked by all the friends who shared the ringing of the new in last night about new years’ resolutions I might have.

I tend to be very abstract, and can’t really put an exact goal down, and have always felt a bit pressured to make something sound important and amazing without being pretentious. I plan to lose two stone or climb a mountain or travel more or read better books… These are all kinds of things I’d like to do, and might. But I don’t want the added pressure of people knowing, especially because most people wouldn’t remember anyway.

I am blessed enough to have friends who would remember, actually, and that makes me even more disinclined to set a list of resolutions. For a particular friend, her last year’s resolutions all turned out to be blessings, and she fulfilled them. I think she’s amazing, and wish her all the best for this years, and I can see how, to her, the resolutions are challenges and exciting possibilities.

Unfortunately, any resolutions I might put down tend to carry with them the taint of guilt. Thoughts of: "oh, that was too much food, that’s another resolution lost" or "why am I reading this, I thought I was trying to better my mind…?" are more prominent than the excitement of challenges.

So, I won’t be making any resolutions for this year. Instead, I will try to focus more on the actual idea of meeting challenges, and work on a fundamental difference between me and resolutions themselves. If I resolve to to something, it becomes a chore, and I want to change that perception.

So, although that sounds very much like a resolution, I hope you’ll forgive me for being abstract even about something as inane as New Year Resolutions, and wish you all the best and blessings in 2008.

Published by Zach Beauvais

Zach is an amateur greenwood worker, mainly carving spoons, bowls and kuksas. He's worked professionally as an online editor and community manager.

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