Best of Peggy, "Did You Make a Vow?"

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Okay. Here's the deal.

I don't make a lot of New Year's resolutions....maybe a couple each year.

The first one I made last January, I broke in January.

Actually, I have a bad habit. No, not smoking. I've never smoked.

I bite my nails.

Now that I've said it, maybe I can break it.

It's a habit I started as a young girl. I don't know exactly when or why I started, but I did. Reasons given for nailbiting are stress, nerves, boredom. I just know the habit began in childhood and has extended to adulthood.

People will be making the time honored resolutions this 2011.

Many will vow to lose weight again. Many gained a bunch over the holidays with all the celebrating, dining and christmas cheer..And chocolate too.

However, the top resolution for this year is to spend more time with family and friends.

That followed by putting fit in fitness. That translates into getting regular exercise which experts say keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. No more couch potato.

The third resolution is to tame the bulge.

Fifty five percent of Americans are overweight, therefore those trying to lose weight need to set goals and stay focused. Those are two main factors needed to be successful in losing extra pounds.

Number four is quit smoking.

Don't give up. On average smokers try about four times before they quit for good.

Next on the list is to enjoy life more. With our hectic stressful lifestyles, it's easy to lose track of enjoyment.

Resolution number six is to quit drinking.

Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey, but do better when they taper off gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking.

Seven is get out of debt.

Get a handle on your finances; balance your checkbook. Pay off debts, then cut up the credit cards. Save money for a rainy day. Get your financial affairs in order.

Number eight is learn something new; a career change, learn a new language, learn to play a musical instrument. Challenge your mind and expand your horizons. Stop stagnating.

The ninth most popular resolution is to help others.

Suggestions are being a volunteer in a hospital or nursing home. Mentor a child or help someone in need, lend a helping hand.

Number ten is the one I'm going to move to the top of my list. And that is to get organized.

Those who share my pledge should set a reasonable goal in home or office. Straighten, discard, file away, get things orderly. Trash old newspapers and magazines and empty boxes..

That's my New Year's resolution

Other resolutions would be to do a simple random act of kindness each week, like allowing someone to go in line in front of you when they are in a rush or politely letting a car go ahead of you in a long line of traffic.

Acknowledge birthdays, send cards.

Pursue peace, godliness.

Consider your blessings and think on the good stuff.

Mind your own business. Don't get involved in matters that don't concern you.

Drink more water; get more rest.

One day at a time, sweet Jesus.