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What Is Your New Year's Resolution?
Coordinated By VEENA RAO
It's New Year once again! It is time to make new resolutions. You want to lose weight, save more money, quit smoking, make improvements in your personal life, make that career move...
Share your New Year's resolution for 2005 with other readers. Or, if you don't believe in resolutions, tell us why.
Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected responses will be published until the end of January.
Check out some of the responses sent in by our readers. Enjoy!
No Matter How Much I Fall, I Wonít CrumbleÖ
I encountered a lot of challenges in 2004 and was very unprepared on how to face them. Honestly, I got so weakened and confused at times that I felt like arguing with everyone. I quickly realized that arguing does not solve anything and it only worsens the situation.
2005 is another New Year with a fresh beginning. My banner for 2005 is "Being the Bigger and Better Person."
This year, I'd avoid confrontations with everyone, whether with friends, parents, boyfriend, or whatever.
Sometimes in life we are forced to stoop to a low level but a strong person would recognize this and avoid any confrontations. This year, no matter how much I fall, I won't crumble but I'd pick myself back up.
To everyone who feels like their world is falling apart at some point, it is okay because we all experience those times, even if it is just once.
The whole new idea this year is to be happy, smart, avoid confrontations and to love and care for everyone.
Vanessa Mosenge, Student, Atlanta GA
Resolutions Are Made To Be Broken
Whatís a New Yearís eve without resolutions? And what are resolutions if they are not broken? For me, resolutions are a ritual, a must have thing. An essential spice in the dish of life. Just making them peps me up, helps me look forward to the New Year. Besides, if I didnít make them I would have a guilt ridden, lousy time right now.
Just think. If I didnít resolve to lose 5 kgs this year how can I even take in a morsel of all the mouthwatering dishes at the yearend parties? My list reads like anyone elseís: eat less, knock a few crucial inches off my waistline, not fight with my mother, keep my temper in check, meet more friends, waste less money, curtail bad habits, make less mistakes, fit into clothes that I have long outgrown but refuse to give away, stay away from heartbreaks, etc, etc. Sounds familiar?
New Yearís Eve is introspection time. Time to look down the ladder and take stock of how far youíve come. Not feel dizzy but visualize the wonderful things awaiting you up ahead. Itís time to dust the cobwebs of memory and do a swift spring-cleaning. Treasure the good memories and dump the bad ones down the hatch. In a way itís really a wish list. I know the possibility of sticking to it is as remote as a Bollywood romance coming true in real life- but then one canít give up hope surely? What ifÖ? After all, miracles do happen!
Kalpita, writer/ dreamer, New Delhi India
My biggest New Year's resolution would be to delve further into method acting for the purpose of creating a diverse group of film characters for my upcoming feature projects. I hope to expand my horizons in the film industry on a national scale.
Shezi Sardar, Actor, Atlanta GA
Resolutions Are Not Effective
New Year resolutions are not effective. That is why I do not believe in them. In order to change anything, especially habits requires something deep inside to be touched.
Vijay N. Koli, M.D., Physician, San Antonio Texas
My biggest resolution this New Year is to quit smoking for good. I would also like to shed my negative qualities as pointed out by others, and to strive for higher goals in life.
S R Ramu, UAE
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