Letter to the Editor

Resolutions

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Here we go again, off into the new year with a bunch of resolutions that may or may not still be in effect come February. Our collective track record of making meaningful changes is remarkably dismal. In America, the top resolutions are to exercise more, lose weight, save money and travel. Not sure about other countries, but I've heard it said that the Babylonians started the practice of resolution making. Their most popular one was to "return borrowed farm equipment. Sounds like a winner to me!

The aforesaid Babylonians actually chose a resolution that fits with the modern concept of making SMART resolutions: S stands for "specific, M stands for "measurable, A stands for "achievable, R is for "realistic" while T is for "timely. Apply this smart acronym to "returning borrowed farm equipment, and you'll see it is a pretty good fit. Call it Goal Setting 101.

Without going into a lot of detail, one thing we can all do is "do whatever it is you do, in the best way possible. More succinctly, in 2019 try daily to be your best self. Now get going!

Bill Kersting, Spencer