The statisticbrain.com web site says that 45% of people make New Year’s Resolutions but only 8% of people are successful at achieving them. Old habits are hard to change, and it seems resolutions usually involve some sort of change in habits or behavior.
I didn’t make any resolutions this year, but I do have some projects I wish to finish and some new skills I hope to learn in 2015. Will that be easier to achieve than resolving to change a current behavior? We shall see.
This time of year when it’s cold outside and warm inside by the fire, I’d rather sit in a comfy spot with a hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa and watch the new season of Downton Abbey. For those of you who are also a fan, season five begins next Sunday, January 4th at 8:00 p.m. Central on PBS.
Just for fun, I did Google the top 10 new year’s resolutions to see what everyone else resolved to do while I catch up with the Crawley Family.
The number one resolution is to “spend more time with family and friends”. Nice. I like that one. It’s always a good idea.
The second resolution is to “get more fit” and number three is to “lose weight”. Those two go hand in hand and as long as I still have Christmas candy in the house, they’re just not an option. My husband suggested he could take the leftover candy…and the temptation to eat it…to his shop, but I nixed that idea right away.
The fourth resolution is to “stop smoking”. That one may be harder for the folks in Colorado with the recent changes there. Enough said.
The fifth resolution is to “enjoy life more”. Well, that’s what I’m doing while I’m eating the Christmas candy and watching Downton Abbey.
Number six is to “stop drinking”. I live in Texas. We drink here. I might even try brandy since they drink it at Downton.
Number seven is to “get out of debt”. Call me Scarlett, but I’ll think about that one tomorrow after the dust settles on the Christmas spending and we see how much damage we did.
The eighth resolution is to “learn something new”. Once again, Downton Abbey to the rescue as it teaches me all about the British upper class in the early twentieth century. I’m also learning new words such as blimey, squiffy, tuppence and hobbledehoy.
I did receive a beautiful mandolin from my husband for Christmas, so I’m going to learn to play it when I’m not busy seeing what is going on at the Abbey.
“Help others” is the ninth resolution in the top ten. I plan to do this all year but not until the Christmas candy is eaten and I’m caught up on Downton Abbey.
Finally, the tenth top resolution that people make is to “get organized”. After watching the first four seasons of Downton Abbey, my husband and I decided that we could use a cook, a butler, a maid and a couple of footmen to help us get organized in the new year.
Even though I didn’t make any formal resolutions, I’m trying to face this new year with an attitude of gratitude for each new day and what it brings…the good, the bad, and even the changes. What about you?
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24