Another New Year beckons! Along with it, the requirement to make a few resolutions about actions which could change our lives, should we be able to manage to keep them up for more than, say, two days.
I feel confident that I have the answer to Resolution Related Issues. Instead of resolving not to do things, my resolutions all revolve around things I will do. Generally, to be strictly honest, things I want to do anyway.
You know it makes sense.
I explained all this to a fellow guest at our lovely neighbours' New Year's Eve gathering yesterday evening. She looked a trifle puzzled. "So, instead of resolving to lose weight,"
she suggested, "You say you will eat healthily?" Shamefacedly, I confessed that I was going for Far Easier Options.
For example, I have resolved to update my kitchen gadgets in 2017. My first positive action
will be to buy a peeler. This will delight my family who have long castigated me for insisting on using a knife to peel potatoes. Their objections are based on the grounds that I am being (i) wasteful; (ii) long-winded; and (iii) plain stubborn. I am confident
I can do this having recently exchanged my age-old wall tin opener (which didn't fit on a wall anymore because I had long ago lost the bit that went on the wall, you know, the bit on which the actual opener fitted - I do hope you are keeping up?) for something
called a Magican. It took me a while to work out how to use it but I got there in the end. I'm sure I will soon be peeling away like an expert. I shall start with something easy, like a carrot, and see how I get on...
I have also resolved to buy new sheets for the beds, hopefully in the New Year's Sales. I will mark on the labels "Front" and "Back" to denote bedrooms, you understand, so that I can tell the difference and therefore won't any longer find myself struggling
to put a king-size sheet on a super king-size bed and wondering why it won't fit. You can tell, can't you, that these are carefully thought-out resolutions which will be easy to keep and will give me certain pleasure?
I have resolved to make more phone calls to Young Morgan who appears to be keen to talk to me more often. "I just need to get away from the loudness and have a bit of peace," he told me at the start of our last 'phone conversation, taking himself up
to the top of the stairs, away from the distractions of the TV and his two older, louder brothers. What sweeter resolution could I possibly make?
I suppose the reason we set such great store by New Year's
Resolutions is because we love the thought of a new year, stretching out before us, like a clean sheet of paper, just waiting to be written on. Shame about my handwriting, that's all I can say. I have just entered all the dates of the monthly Birdy Group in
my brand new 2017 desk diary and, while January and February's entries were in my neatest writing, by the time I reached March my careful script had deteriorated into an only just decipherable scrawl. Thus it is with resolutions, unless you take a leaf out
of my book.
Mr B says he is not making any New Year's Resolutions this year. I remind him that, as far as I can remember, he didn't make any Resolutions last year either. Or, for that matter, the year before.
In fact, I say, warming to my theme, I can't remember him ever making a New Year's Resolution, like, ever. Mr B says why have a dog and bark yourself?
My friend Eleanor emailed me to express her delight that
The Queen, in her Christmas Message, appeared to be taking on my own personal mantra about doing small things with great joy. It would be amazing, would it not, if Her Maj were reading the Daily Blog but I am prepared to concede that this is just about as
unlikely as getting to the end of a year with any of the usual NY Resolutions (lose weight, do more exercise, run a monthly marathon...) still intact.
Because (I am ashamed to admit) I hadn't actually listened
to the Royal Greetings on Christmas Day, I had to resort to i-player to check thus out. What Her Maj actually said was not that we should do small things with great joy - but with great love. Same difference, don't you agree?
And, as resolutions go, Simply The Best.