Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Plans of Mice and Men

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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.
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.
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.

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!

20 comments:

  1. yep, you are correct, I was reading the other post in my reader and came here, you know us old folks, trying to understand "what the hell happened."

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  2. We can all be cynics, especially at this time of year.

    Thanks for the heads-up about Scrabulous. I shall go over there now.

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  3. I tend to not make New Year's resolutions. In the past it just led to disappointment and self-loathing. :0) However, I would like to continue the exercise program that I started a couple of weeks ago. I've been going to the gym 5-6 days a week and have been working with a trainer on two of those days.

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  4. You got a cold? Feel better soon!

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  5. Cold -some better today, still fuzzy around the edges though. Don't think resolutions would be a good thing as by tomorrow I doubt my head will be that clear ya know. No party either here -maybe a nice comforting Black Russian to sip on at midnight. I don't make any actual resolutions - just some ideas of things I would LIKE to accomplish soon - no timeline though as that depresses me then when they fall apart. Which they inevitably do for me because of my strong need to procrastinate.

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  6. i hereby make a resolution to live life to the fullest and the heck with the rest of the stuff!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxooxox

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  7. As is my annual tradition, my one and only New Year's resolution is not to make any resolutions. I feel the same way as Lee...why make resolutions I know I can't keep...although it would be nice if I could finally manage to lose the weight I've been fighting by getting back to exercising at the YMCA. Oh, oh...I feel a resolution coming on.

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  8. I was going add jean luc to my facebook thing, but not now if you keep getting whooped!

    Have i commented enough now?

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  9. I like Bee's resolution. That says it best.

    Hope you feel better, Linda.

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  10. I hate to say it but I do have a goal. (Not calling it a resolution) I have tickets to Fenway in June and my goal is to not feel uncomfortable in the seat. (Read: Make my ass smaller)

    *sigh* I hope I can do it.

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  11. I don't make resolutions. I think that if I really want to do something, I'll do it when I'm ready to do it.

    I do have a bunch of projects lined up. In fact, I started on the music project already.

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  12. No resolutions, no New Years Eve party, no point. I am a procrastinator and cynic, so what is a guy like me to do?

    Have a good 2008, and I wish I knew the Burns verse my father can quote verbatim, it would certainly make you smile. It is full of ochs and achs and mochty's.

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  13. I don't do resolutions either. Why set yourself up for failure. Just my view on that. Have a great day Linda and a very Happy New Year. :)

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  14. Hello, my friend! I wanted to let you know that I'm officially back - after being away from the blogosphere for approximately two weeks (I'm surprised I haven't died from withdrawals). I've missed you, your blog, and your posts! I'm truly looking forward to everything getting back to normal and reading your blog on a daily basis again!

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  15. I may come up with a resolution or two..but they would sound a lot like the ones I came up with last year I fear.

    I agree with Bee and Mimi..trying to enjoy

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  16. I am taking the babystep way. Gonna try to drink 8 glasses of H20 a day. So far today it hasn't happened.
    Have I told you I love your blog? Well, I do.

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  17. Love that you can quote so well while under the influence of over-the-counter drugs!! I can't even speak well when I am.
    Resolutions? Naaaa, never keep 'em.
    What do I want to change?
    1. do more yoga, cheesey, but hey, I'm all about cheese
    2. sew more
    3. yell less, unless I'm at a yelling contest with a cash prize involved

    Pinky

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  18. Thankfully I've not needed any cold remedy but I'll heed your warning if I do.

    New Year's Resolutions? I'll let you know tomorrow. :)

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  19. no resolutions here, but I do have a few goals for 2008, like lose weight, get a job, get up earlier and finished all my unfinished sewing projects lying around (14 and counting)....

    my only real resolution would be to take time every day to work on being the best Mom I can to these 3 special needs kids God has given me.

    Happy New Year friend. good year end review too!

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  20. Hilarious Linda. I just read through your year...then your little soiree with medicine! We relate my friend! I guess you didn't read about the Pedophile book eh? I'm pretending for a moment that I'm Canadian! No, just joking with my goofy sense of humor!

    I've given you some linklove my friend...I hope you'll do the same

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