Paul Sassone: Time to make and break New Year’s resolutions

<p>Paul Sassone</p>

Paul Sassone

You’ll probably break them soon. Or maybe you’ve broken them already.

New Year’s resolutions.

I base my pessimism not only on my own weakness, but on the observation that the 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions are the same 10 most popular New Year’s resolutions that make up the list every year.

The fact that these resolutions occur over and over and over indicates to me we can’t keep them.

For the record, though, here are the top 10 new year’s resolutions:

1. Lose weight and get fit.

2. Quit smoking.

3. Learn something new.

4. Eat healthier and diet.

5. Get out of debt and save money.

6. Spend more time with family.

7. Travel to new places.

8. Be less stressed.

9. Volunteer.

10. Drink less.

I don’t know about you, but all but numbers 2 and 10 apply to me. These are actions I should take. But I know I’ll not do all of them. Neither will you.

But perhaps that’s not the point. Maybe we should look at them not as things we must do in a year, but as an approach to living.

These resolutions are all good things. They are things that would make us better persons and they are things that direct us to consider, care for and help others.

These resolutions are a lifetime’s work.

Oh, we can add other, more immediate resolutions.

One such resolution for me is to find out who the devil is Bruce Rauner. He’s all over TV. He wears an $18 watch and he is running for governor. He is chairman of something called R8 Capital Partners. (I don’t know, either. I think it’s one of those businesses that makes nothing except money.) And in addition to an $18 watch he is quoted as saying his net worth is in the “hundreds of millions of dollars.’’

I guess his New Year’s resolution is to become governor.

Interesting contrast.

We ordinary folk want to lose weight, volunteer, etc.

And then there’s always a new zillionaire contender whose resolution is to rule us.

There are resolutions, and there are resolutions!

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