New Year’s Resolutions traditionally mean way too much work for me. Lose weight. Exercise more. Keep a cleaner house. Be nicer to people. Blah. Blah. Blah. Such a lot of effort. So, I’ve been carefully contemplating a way to make resolutions that work for me without requiring me to do any work. I’m a smart gal. Certainly there has to be a way to make positive changes in my life without having to do a bunch of extra work that, let’s face it, I don’t really have time for. If I did, I’d have been living that way all last year and would have no resolutions to make this year.
Then this morning, I happened upon the perfect solution to my resolution conundrum. It happened like this. Hubby was in the bathroom dancing around. Why? I don’t know. There was no music. I rolled my eyes at him.
“You’re a goof,” I said.
“You should try harder to be more accepting of me,” was his reply.
“Ummm….I do accept you for who you are. I’d just prefer it if you were slightly less goofy.”
He considered this for a moment. Then he said, “I have a New Year’s Resolution for you. How about if you resolve to be nicer and more accepting?”
“Ugh. That’s so much work.” That’s when it hit me. “What if I didn’t have to be nicer because I had no need to? I don’t have to resolve to be more accepting if you just resolve to be more acceptable.” He rolled his eyes at me and left the room.
(Oh, okay. I did come up with “real” resolutions too, but I decided to keep it simple. I resolve to improve my life in one hour a day: 15 minutes of reading from a book, 15 minutes walking my dog, 15 minutes cleaning or organizing something small that has been neglected, and 15 minutes either learning something new or trying something new. But..I still think my other idea has real potential.)