Today is New Year’s Eve and we will be celebrating and breaking in the New Year with family and friends, or that special someone. Celebrations will be had at our homes with family, or with friends at clubs or bars, or with our Church family at our House of Worship, or even the infamous New York City Times Square or now the popular site for ringing in the New Year, The Las Vegas Strip. Before the champagne toasts are made or the song, Auld Lang Syne is sung, many will have talked about, pondered, and came up with a New Year’s Resolution for 2009.
I never make New Year’s Resolutions. I would give up something for Lent at Easter before I’d make a New Year’s Resolution. I always felt it was better not to make promises. I could see making sacrafice, but a promise, no. I always believed that’s just creating more stress in entering a New Year when you should be free and clear and with a positive state of mind. This year, however, I found myself saying I’m going to make the most of everyday in 2009. So I suppose that would be a resolution. I’m just going to live and enjoy my life, instead of worrying about if I’m productive enough, or if I’m accomplishing my goals. I realize just living and making the most of your day to the best of your ability is an achievement all on its own and all the other goals, or dreams, or wishes will come. My Sister says enjoy the journey, which to me sounds so Oprahesque, but there is some truth to it.
Now that my interest has been peaked. I decided to ask friends what there New Year’s Resolutions are for 2009.
Here’s what some of them said:
Marva, Client Advisory Board Member for Non-Profit Organization: She has made 3 New Year’s Resolutions and is currently trying to narrow them down and choose one. She won’t reveal it until New Year’s Day.
Quincy, Plant Engineer: His New Year’s Resolution is to start a new romantic relationship.
Pat, Plant Engineer: “Make more money and find better job.”
Tasneem, Medical Assistant for Beverly Hills doctor: Says she doesn’t make New Year’s Resolutions.
V, Chief Female Security Guard: Her resolution is to work on understanding and to become more compassionate. She said she needs to understand people and why it is they do the things they do. Is it economics, society, family, environment? Then she can better understand them and deal with their situation.
Charles, Client Advisory Board Member for Non-Profit Organization: Charles says he wants to work on his long time dream of getting on stage and being a comedian. He also said he wants to work on being a better Father and spending more time with his son.
Sam, Independent Contractor: “To make more money this year, than last year.”
Kristoffer, Medical Student and Retail Sales: “Improve my economical, social, financial status and have a spiritual and mental personal relationship with myself and God.”
Janelle, Personal Assistant: She says one should make several resolutions and have high hopes and be optimistic. Don’t do the bare minimum and most of them will get done. She says 1)Don’t talk to strangers, 2)Make sure your bank has a feature that diverts money into a 2nd account, not necessarily a savings account, just another account, even another checking that you don’t count on and won’t touch. Then at the end of the year you’ll be surprised at how much you saved, 3)Lastly, don’t receive gifts or favors from people you don’t know, or know well.
Isabelle, Security Guard: She says she wants to work on being less moody.
Terry, Management: He says his resolution is to make me his girlfriend. He says it’s not a joke. We’ll see.
Gene, Lead Security Guard: “To find a better job and quit this one.”
Larry, Security Officer: To never again put anyone on his housing lease. A nightmare for him in 2008.
I found writing this to be interesting and an eye opener. So many people put thought into their resolutions and were serious and sound dedicated on improving for 2009. I hope it all works out for them.
Have a Happy and Safe New Year!