Innocuous Resolutions

by Christopher Paul on January 3, 2013

Matt Alexander on New Year’s Resolutions:

It’s vaguely interesting (in a strangely voyeuristic way) to see what people intend to do with their year, but, more often than not, these intentions tend to dissipate by the closing days of January. And, regardless of any promises otherwise, we all simply read and watch so that we can collectively fail together. We make declarative pronouncements of change and self-improvement for the strange purpose of being self-deprecating in public, each of us fully aware of the fact that these loose commitments are not binding, meaningful, or of any real consequence to our day-to-day lives.

I like his approach:

For what it’s worth, my innocuous resolution is to continue loving and appreciating my day-to-day life. There’s nothing more than that. No specific intention to change, improve, iterate, or re-schedule. Nor is there any specificity toward what it is that I love in my day-to-day. It could be as simple as sleeping with the curtains open so I can be woken up by natural light or going for a walk whenever the weather permits. It’s just a simple and uncomplicated psychological check to ensure I’m happy with my life.

I was going to write a ‘Resolution’ post to say what I’m doing but I decided against that – because I’m not doing anything other than continue to do what I’ve always done which, if when I stop to think about it, is live a pretty damn good life of my own making.

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