Hump Day Report: New Year’s Resolutions

Hump Day LogoRants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.

This is the time of year when people think about what direction they want their lives to go in during the coming year. This moment of assessing one’s goals is what leads to contemplating New Year’s resolutions.

The problem with these resolutions is that they often last for about a month, after which people tend to slip back into old, often bad, habits. Once the fervor of January dies down, it is hard to keep going.

With this in mind, here are my five resolutions for 2013, which I hope I can keep all year long.

1. Rather that just say “lose weight,” my goal is to get healthier by eating better. I’m not going to set a specific weight goal. Instead I will concentrate on making my environment conducive for feeling better by reminding myself: “You are what you eat.”

2. Saving money is never easy in this tough economy, and like the nation itself, I feel like I am being pulled over the edge of the fiscal cliff. My solution is to save a small amount of money from my bi-weekly paycheck, and to look for ways to save money that are realistic.

hugging_comics3. After hearing that the NRA feels that the way to prevent another school massacre is to have an armed guard at school, rather than tougher gun laws, I resolve to keep talking about how stupid that idea is. We can’t let our outrage die down. We must remember the horrible deaths in Newtown all year long and for years to come, and urge our legislators to toughen up the gun laws.

4. Getting organized is really a combination of working to be healthy and organizing one’s finances, so it will be covered in resolutions 1 and 2.

5. Treat other people the way you would want to be treated. This resolution is needed nationwide. We hate to admit it, but recent events prove that there is a culture of violence in the United States. Much too often anger trumps intelligent discussion of our differences whether it be in Congress, on a street corner or on the Internet. When that anger gets out of control, we resort to violence, either with our words or, in the worst and most extreme case, with an action like the madman in Newtown, plus hundreds of other examples of anger unleashed in destructive ways between these two extremes. If our nation were less trigger-happy in so many ways, it would make life better for everyone.

Let’s really try to give peace a chance in our everyday lives.

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