There is something both optimistic and depressing about making New Year’s resolutions. I thought this yesterday as I was running around the track at the YMCA, dodging all the new members whom I’ll probably never see again after the end of the month.
Depressing? Sure. Think about it. Many people’s 2014 resolutions are probably almost the same as those of 2013, 2012, . . .
- Lose weight
- Find love
- Stop smoking
- Save money
- Eat better
The fact that the same things show up over and over again obviously mean that we didn’t achieve them in years past. But there’s something sweetly optimistic about it as well. We don’t give up. Some part of us still believes that we can be thinner, nicer, richer, etc. etc. So even for a little while, it’s in our heads that we can be better people, and it’s hard to find fault with that.
So whatever your resolutions are for this year, I wish you luck. And I encourage you to turn those resolutions into goals with a plan in pace to achieve each one. As Thoreau said, “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
The Jolly Librarian’s Resolutions for this year?
- Read more good books.
- Help more students understand that the library is the place to receive friendly help.
- See the funny side of things as often as possible.
- Enjoy each day, for no one has unlimited time.
Oh yeah, and I might try to lose a few pounds and sneak in a few more vegetables.
Happy New Year!