Resolution #1: Take a chance

<p>Resolution #1: Take a chance</p>

Let's start with a heartfelt "Happy and healthy New Year to all," and of course I hope that you had a lovely Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice or whatever is your pleasure and now let us quickly dispense with the obligatory recitation of the vagaries of weather. BO-RING! End of first-column-of-the-new-year housekeeping.

Resolution. A big word with many meanings, some of them germane. The term Resolution, according to Wikipedia, that often wrong but always amusing source, may refer to:

? Resolution (Historic), formal statement of opinion or policy

? Resolution (medicine), the subsiding or termination of an abnormal condition

? Resolution (logic), a rule of inference used for automated theorem proving

? Resolution (law), a written motion adopted by a deliberative body

? Resolution (music), a technique in music theory

? Resolution (meter), the replacement of one longum with two brevia

I love that last one, especially since I have no idea what it means.

We all know what that word signifies in this season though, don't we. That first definition is the one we are supposed to be attentive to.

We are encouraged to take stock, to inventory our innermost selves, to shape up externally and internally, to undertake a thorough examination of conscience, take a long look in the mirror, figure out how to be more "green," and a thousand and one other things.

Then, we are expected to advertise our conclusions! I WILL work out x number of times a week, I WILL buy a Prius, etc.

My suggestion is that whatever you decide needs tinkering with - keep it to yourself. That way, there will be no public recriminations, no one pointing a finger at you and saying, "I thought that you were going to start training for the Boston Marathon, so what's with the Boston Cream Pie?"

What are your plans, so far, for 2009? Keep on keepin' on, or try something different? Travel, move, quit your job and be "retired" for a while or forever, take up yoga, learn the tango, get language tapes for your car and - finally - learn Chinese?

The possibilities are endlessly interesting and challenging and we are limited only by our imaginations.

No, I am not one of those woo-woo wackos who believes that we can do and be whatever we want. I mean that common sense, that often uncommon commodity, dictates that we probably won't imagine something that we don't want to do, or are ill-equipped to do.

So, within those personal parameters, step out and take a chance.

You will surprise yourself. You don't even have to let me know how it goes.

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