In order to achieve some level of success and be a reliable resolution setter, I've learned to: 1. Set the bar low. 2. Make the number small. 3. And, keep getting back on the wagon until it finally runs me over.
1. I resolve to not interrupt any of my children or my husband when they are talking (I will also try not to interrupt anyone else, but see paragraph 2, #1). I have an annoying habit of always thinking I know what everyone is going to say before they say it (nine times out of ten I am right). So, I just say it while they are still talking trying to say what they were going to say. Our conversations are basically one person talking (or a few people talking) and me interrupting (or a few people interrupting). So, basically nothing ever gets completely said or understood.
But, it's really hard for me not to interrupt....in fact I may already need to interrupt this resolution to amend it! Damn it! I resolve to not interrupt any of my children or my husband when they are talking on Mondays?
2. I resolve not to go for seconds. (I'm gonna need some bigger plates.) My good friend recently lost a good amount of weight and when I asked her about how she did it she said, "I don't go for seconds. Sometimes my plate is loaded down and somewhat hard to carry, but I do not go for seconds anymore."
|I might need to buy these "extra large dinner plates." And the fork and spoon might need to find my home, too.|
5. I resolve to make more resolutions for other people. It never fails that while I am doing my resolutions I really can't think of many ways to improve myself. But, I can think of many ways in which to improve the people I live with. So, rather than let this eat away at me why not just help them resolve some things for themselves? It's brilliant, right?
Resolution #1 for all family members (except me) - put things back where they belong...damn it! I think if they all just did that we could have peace in our house for all of 2013 (or even just for a few days).
Okay. That's it. Five simple resolutions. Set the bar low and make the number small! And help your fellow resolutioners out when you can!
I hope you guys have success and peace in the New Year (and a little money wouldn't hurt either...or a lot of money) and I'll be back soon with photos of our new addition to the family. (It's a boy!)