It's that time of year again when many of us are inclined to make resolutions for the New Year!
(Lose weight! Stop smoking! Join a gym! And stop being so grumpy all the time!)
But in making such resolutions, you know very well we're setting ourselves up for disappointment, self-contempt, and endless, endless guilt -- for three-hundred-and-sixty-five days! Oh, no!
Shouldn't we learn from experience? Did we complete all of our resolutions last year? Of course not! We just keep putting it off one day at a time, until it's time to make new resolutions for next year! Ha!
I know for a fact my rich employers make no resolutions whatsoever! (After all, they have the time and luxury of perfecting their lives -- each and every day of the year!)
So let's don't do this again!
In fact, I have a much better idea!
Wait until Lent!
It begins this year on February 22 -- and lasts for only 46 days! (That's a far cry from 365!) And you don't have to be Catholic to participate.
During this brief period we can purge our souls and condense all of our self-centered, self-improvement New Year's resolutions into just forty-six days, under the guise of "self sacrifice"!
And then when it's over on Easter Sunday, we can all get back to business -- without any guilt! (Dear God! I'm probably going to hell for this!)
To celebrate the New Year today, what better way than to listen to George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"? By a wonderful orchestra in Bulgaria. It's long, but the best twenty minutes you could hope for! Here's the YouTube link!
And here's hoping for a new year full of hope, encouragement -- and most of all, peace!