It has been a busy new year so far, but a good one.
I had some thoughts on the New Year and some of the traditions that go with it.
For example: Resolutions
For me resolutions are something to be taken very seriously. But this tradition of making resolutions seems to have had a strange effect on most people. They make resolutions – not just one or even two but whole lists of them – and then they make a big show of trying to do some of them… at least for a week or two. Actually I’ve noticed that quite a few people don’t even make it a few days.
And I noticed an advertisement in my inbox the other day. Some businesses are even promoting the idea of breaking your resolutions. They’ll give you free stuff if you come in and proclaim that you are breaking or ditching or quitting your resolutions.
This is one area where I kind of envy my plain friends. They don’t get distracted by silly e-mails and they don’t have to worry about their friends encouraging them to quit something as serious as a resolution. Their friends encourage them to work hard at something so important.
It is certainly something to think about.
Are we as a society being influenced to consider things that ought to be important – as silly… unimportant… disposable?
Are we as a society being influenced to see promises in a different light? People make promises fleetingly, businesses make guarantees lightly, and everyone I know makes jokes about how empty everything – promise or not – a politician says.
Why is everyone seemingly OK with this? Why does no one see how desperately we need a change in our lives?
Makes you wonder about the plain life. Perhaps they do have the right idea after all…