The Mayfield Library Monthly Challenge: There’s a Reason There’s No Such Thing as November Resolutions

Last week, the Jolly Librarian was home sick, and the staff breathed a sigh of relief that they would not have to report on their November resolutions. They also prayed that I would forget the whole thing since December arrived before the next report. But I recovered and remembered.

So here are our final reports:

The Novel Person: While the novel is not finished, 2 solid pages were written each day, and there is great hope that the first draft will be finished by the end of the year.

The Grandparent Person: The intentions were good and efforts were made, but as November got busier, it became harder to do. However, it was a worthy goal and will stay on the radar.

The Indecisive Person: Perhaps this person’s shrug when I asked if she had become more decisive this month says it all.

The Exercise Person:  “Complete failure.”

The Cubicle Person: No progress.

The Vending Machine Person; “I never meant to try everything in the vending machine. It was a joke.”

The Be-Healthy Person: The less said the better.

Still, we learned many things this month:

  • If you’ve dropped a resolution during the year, November is not the time to pick it back up.
  • November is an extraordinarily busy month.
  • The Jolly Librarian may be the least effective motivator in history.
  • The staff participants prefer to take a crooked path rather than a straight road to goal achievement.
  • The participants’ weaknesses stem not from laziness but from cockeyed optimism that one more thing can keep getting added to already full schedules.

The December Challenge: We challenge ourselves and you all to enjoy each other’s company and to be thankful for what we have.


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