Oops - accidentally put up a post that wasn't finished yet - that's what I get for blogging under the influence of cold medicine! They need to add that particular warning to the side of the package - "Caution: Do Not Attempt to Blog While Taking This Medication As Screw-Ups May Occur"!
Anyway, while I send that post back to the shop for repairs and additions before it's proper unveiling, I thought I would borrow a question from my good friend and awesome Scrabulous opponent, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, to keep you occupied.
Jean-Luc asks The Weekend Question every Saturday and he's had some quite good ones in the past, which is to be expected of the man who Captains the USS Enterprise! This week he asked about New Year's resolutions. Specifically the question was "What are you determined to start or stop doing as part of a New Year's Resolution?" Jean-Luc himself intends to:
1: Be more tolerant of other people. I tend to make too many snap judgments about some.One has got to love a Starfleet Captain with a sense of humor even if he does regularly trounce me in our Facebook Scrabulous games with words I've never heard of before! That said, I hope he doesn't mind if I "borrow" his question and ask my readers the same question about the New Year and those lovely resolutions that people seem so determined to make - and sadly break - every year.
2: Clean out the VCR cupboard. I don't use VCR anymore. Make space for growing DVD collection.
3: Try and do them before the end of 2010.
Resolutions remind me very much of a quote, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." This quote was actually paraphrased by the author John Steinbeck in his novel Of Mice and Men from the original quote by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1785 that read, "The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley.” For those of you who are Scots, I'm sure you have no trouble with that one! For the rest of us, let's go with the simpler Steinbeck version, shall we?
Now, perhaps I'm translating my Scottish wrong and am even way off the mark on Steinbeck but I have always thought that what this quote meant was that no matter how carefully you plan something - whether you be a mouse or a man - there's a darned good chance that something is going to go wrong with it. Not always - but sometimes. I like to think that New Year's resolutions fall into this same category. We make plans, we do our best to stick to those plans, and then something leads them astray before the year is over. Besides, it's a much nicer quote than "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" which might also apply to New Year's resolutions!
Anyway, all babbling and waxing philosophical aside - let me ask ... Are you making any resolutions this year? If so, what are they and do you have a plan? Do you think you'll be able to keep them?
Even though I tend to be a cynic (who me? nah!), I can't help but feel that when any of us stand looking at a fresh new year laid out ahead of us that we can't help but resolve that some things are going to be different than they were in the old year that is passing. Thankfully it seems to be human nature to look forward rather than to always look behind though that isn't to say that the past should ever be forgotten. Matter of fact, once I get that other post that briefly appeared here done, I'll be doing some looking towards the past myself - specifically this past year.
In the meantime, most of you have already told me that there is no New Year's Eve party in your future so how about a resolution or two? Any of those in your future or are you all joining me in not only not going to a party but not making a resolution, too?
A big thank you to Jean-Luc for giving me the inspiration for this post and by the way - it's your turn over on the Scrabulous board!