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  • January 4, 2016

A Resolution What?


So the question for this month is one the cat has bashed a time or three and it was easy to guess that it would come to be. What is it? What is everyone going on about when that “magic” day comes at the start of the year? I bet you got it now.

What are some new year’s resolutions you’ve had in the past?

The answer to that one is easy. Nadda, none, zilch, zero, zip, and whatever other word means never made a one. New year’s resolutions work less than trying do get a cat to do what you want it to. That means they have very low odds of ever succeeding. Why? Because most who make resolutions never follow through. They either do it because they want to be “cool” and follow the crowd. Everyone else is doing it, so they have to as well. Or they do it because the really expect January 1st to be a “magic” day. Like one date on the calendar is going to change everything. Pffffffft is the only nice thing I can say about that.

Now some actually believe in the “magic” so much that their resolutions do come to be, but they are few and far between, and they still get off their butt and do the work anyway. Then they give credit to the “magic” of new year’s resolutions. Pfffffffft again.

If you want something done, you shut up, you get off your butt, and you do it. It is as simple as that. You don’t wait for any “magic” day to make some stupid resolution you aren’t going to stick to anyway. You do it whether it is January 1st or August 24th. You just do it. And if you did whatever it was on say August 24th, guess what? You’ll either be well on your way or have finished that so called resolution you were going to wait to make on that “magic” day. But if you wait, you wasted a little over 4 months. All because you wanted that “magic” day. Stupid logic in every way.

Making new goals to challenge yourself is fine. Like having a goal to write 5 new books in 2016 or something. That is a goal and that is something you can’t do in 2015 as there is only so much time in a day. Yes, you can write 5 books each year but writing 5 new ones on top of the 5 you wrote last year is still a goal. Or maybe 6 this year compared to 5 last year. That is a goal and goals are great. Resolutions are hocus pocus nonsense. I’m going to lose weight is a big one. Pffft to that. It can be done on any day, not the “magic” day. Wake up, eat less, move more, poof! Who needs a magic day for that?

I will end my rant now. Do you make new year’s resolutions at your sea? Believe that it is a oh so “magic” day? Pffft just another day with a date change and that is that.

Enjoy life, forget the strife.


Susan Gourley

2016-01-04 19:07:56 Reply

No resolutions here either. I think a very low percentage of people stick to them.

    Pat Hatt

    2016-01-04 21:58:47 Reply

    Yep, low as can be

Tamara Narayan

2016-01-04 20:03:41 Reply

I do make resolutions, but I fully except to fail. And no, I don’t stick to Jan. 1 for this mad exercise.

    Pat Hatt

    2016-01-04 21:59:12 Reply

    Good to do it any day even if you fail

Arlee Bird

2016-01-04 20:37:20 Reply

Looks like I’m in a majority with my lack of resolution making–at least among the bloggers answering this question. Good point about people thinking of New Year’s Day as some kind of magic point in time. Let’s face it, changing old habits is rarely very easy.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

    Pat Hatt

    2016-01-04 21:59:50 Reply

    Yep, never that easy at all for most and no new year will change that

Mary Aalgaard

2016-01-04 21:12:15 Reply

I like to make plans and set deadlines. That can be any time of the year, though. I like choosing a word for the year.

    Pat Hatt

    2016-01-04 22:00:17 Reply

    Nothing wrong with choosing a word for the year.

Madilyn Quinn

2016-01-04 22:18:41 Reply

Agree with ya that there’s no such ‘magic’ date to start to do something. I used to make resolutions, but quickly realized that I couldn’t ever keep up with them especially when I can’t make and stick to simple goals let alone the grandiose crap I usually spouted on New Years. So yeah. Yearly goals (like reading a certain amount of books and acquire certain key things) but nothing that I haven’t already been working towards *shrug*

    Pat Hatt

    2016-01-05 00:11:59 Reply

    Good way to be, working towards something is better than just pulling something out of thin air and saying you’re going to do it.


2016-01-04 23:35:15 Reply

Love this line: “If you want something done, you shut up, you get off your butt, and you do it.” Truth.

    Pat Hatt

    2016-01-05 00:13:02 Reply

    Always gets things done when giving that a run.

Alex J. Cavanaugh

2016-01-05 00:27:22 Reply

That’s it! I’m waiting until August 24 to make my resolutions this year. (Which will probably be not to make any…)

    Pat Hatt

    2016-01-05 13:44:31 Reply

    haha Don’t forget


2016-01-05 03:32:00 Reply

Well, you already know my feelings on this topic, and mine are made, and I’m going to do my best to accomplish my goals. But I do set goals all year long, not just Jan. 1. I just like the idea of a fresh new page, like starting a new journal each year, which, yes, I do, and I’ve done it every single day since Dec. 31, 1999. Lotsa journals!!!

    Pat Hatt

    2016-01-05 13:45:51 Reply

    a fresh new page is a good idea indeed, as long as one intends to fill it

Bouncin Barb

2016-01-06 20:06:52 Reply

I basically said the same thing in my post. If I need to do something or change something…I just do it. Why feel guilty over it if you don’t do something you wanted to? Silly tradition!

    Pat Hatt

    2016-01-06 23:37:08 Reply

    Silly it is indeed with the resolutions.

Michael D'Agostino

2016-01-07 02:21:25 Reply

You know, when I mentioned that you can explain why you don’t believe in Resolutions, I had you in mind. I was sure you’d be one of them 😉

    Pat Hatt

    2016-01-07 13:26:59 Reply

    lol you know the cat well

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