Written by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is that time of the year for your New Year’s Resolutions. Do you do them in your family? I do but my wife doesn’t. She thinks that they are a waste of time. Since she is a Type B, she takes things as they come and doesn’t worry about such things. And of course my being a TYPE A, OR POSSIBLY A TYPE AA, and a worry-wart, stuff like this is right up my alley. I am one of those folks that have To Do Lists on top of To Do Lists. It drives my wife of 52 years simply crazy but I can’t help it. I have always been that way. I guess that I have to blame that on my mother who taught me to always plan and I can’t seem to break the habit even at this stage of my life.
It is amazing to me how much I am able to accomplish by planning. Hey, if you don’t plan, it seems to me that you are just wondering around aimlessly never knowing where you are going.
Going on a trip, I wouldn’t think of not sitting down, before leaving, and planning the route we will be traveling, the stops along the way, when we will be leaving and arriving, and so forth. I never just go out in the car and take off without doing that. Yes, I drive my wife nuts with that kind of stuff but it has caused me to accomplish many things in life that I feel that I wouldn’t have accomplished if I had just let things happen.
So that brings me to next year’s New Year’s Resolutions. I imagine that most of you who do make such resolutions every year, your No. 1 resolution is the same as mine…probably because we didn’t accomplish it last year and the year before, and the year before that, etc. Yes, it is to lose weight. Right? A couple years ago, I lost 60 pounds and swore that I would never put that weight back on! Of course, even though that I tried so hard to do that, or is it to NOT do that, I did gradually put that fat back on and mostly in the stomach. I have realized that my wife did not shrink my shirts and pants as I accused her of doing. It was the lack of exercise and all those trips to the refrigerator every night immediately after getting up from the dinner table. You don’t do that, do you?
The next one that was on my list for many years, was to Stop Smoking. A doctor did a good job of scaring me in 1989 and I quit right on the spot. He said that the combination of nicotine and the new medicine I was taking could cause internal bleeding and I could bleed to death before I got to the hospital! I’m sure that wasn’t true but it was what I needed to hear, in combination of my children’s pleading me to quit, that did the job. I have not had a cigarette in my lips since 1989! Bet that was on your list, if you are a smoker.
I used to think that I was the only person that had problems with close relatives but many people do I find. Thus, that subject is probably on many people’s list to get corrected. Who doesn’t want to fix situations like that? Usually, if you admit your mistake and ask forgiveness, this item will disappear from your list but not always. All you can do is to keep trying and hope that time will heal all wounds.
Well, that is three common ones and close to being three of yours, if you make a list. Am I right? Most of my resolutions, I have to admit, are repeats but I keep trying. Eventually, some of them, at least, get accomplished and they will for you too. Gee, I sound like Dr. Phil, don’t I?
By the time that this gets printed, it will be after Christmas and getting close to 2012. Thus, you still have time to put your “New Year’s Resolutions” together and tucked away somewhere where no one can see them but you. It’s fun to look back at them at the end of the year to see what you accomplished and what you didn’t. I’ll bet my resolution to lose weight will be on my 2013 list!