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December 26, 2018 The love-hate relationship of resolutions
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

Each new year we are offered an opportunity to take part in something we, not surprisingly, quickly learn we are likely going to both love and hate at the same time.

We love an opportunity for another chance to make a life-altering decision of good form (how about a resolution?) but also hate we didn’t get it right last year … probably won’t again.

So we consider perhaps not giving it our time. We may even hate ourselves for appearing incapable of making a decision, and delays and deletes start to cloud the proposed action.

Eventually, time passes as it always does, and when whatever it was we should’ve resolved to do (but didn’t do) actually goes well we’re angry with ourselves (yes, even hate ourselves) because we had no faith in our conviction and, therefore, are not allowed to assume credit for all the good coming out of it.

Maybe the best solution is to early on file a disclaimer declaring we were probably not of sound mind when we opted to not make a resolution, and if the result goes against our latently filed claim of ownership, it will work in our favor in having been adjudged fair game. That only makes us responsible for being considered insane which is a common seasonal affliction affecting most of us anyway during our long dark Iowa winters.

It’s reasonable to assume not many people are willing to admit straight away to having made a resolution – certainly not a serious one – until forced into it.

It’s the “manly” thing to do we’re told. We certainly have enough reasons for needing to do it. But it is a Catch-22 sort of thing where a desired outcome is usually graded highly impossible because of (likely) useless rules or conditions being involved.

A week or two later, if we reluctantly remember what it was we resolved to do (or not do), we often have a tendency to reinvent the contents wherever we see a need arising. It’s a questionable sort of action called “game changing.”

This is about the time the love and hate partners begins to trickle into action to further complicate the reasonable expectation of a resolution gaining any traction once it’s been launched.

It makes us wonder how such an action of making resolutions has survived as long as it has, considering its fitful acceptance. There must be some sensible explanation, so I did what all intelligent people do, I Googled it.

What I found was that some brainchild idiomatic Babylonian wise guy around 2000 BC decided to introduce a method by which one would announce an “oath renewal” in the spring of each year supposedly aimed at creating good result with whatever was up for renewal.

And we still subscribe to that practice in this day and age? Who’s insane now?

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