By Kim Loccisano
Times Leader Staff Writer
Resolutions-the popular topic this time of year. But wait. Maybe we really should talk about revolutions? There must be a reason the two words and ideas seem to be dancing through my not quite post Christmas-ed head.
Could they possibly be somehow related ideas?
They could not possibly be confused as being the same thing: resolutions and revolutions.
Resolving to view or do something in a different way than has been done before can hardly be automatically considered a big deal. Maybe that is why people get so quickly wrapped up in the tiny details of what they originally believed to be resolutions, but were revolutionary ideas their world may not have been quite ready to accommodate when tried previously.
Note the use of the words: tried previously.
Starting something new means just that: new, fresh, alive, bright, inspired, a beginning. There is no obligation to continue tending ties to tiresome details of days gone by.
News flash: there is absolutely no reason to share details of those less than wonderful details about life in general or special efforts undertaken and unsuccessful.
You get the idea.
Why start out being weighed down by what was the unresolved? Consider altering the routine playing field-just a little. If you are working to improve your world, what is it going to hurt to consider allowing a little latitude into the equation?
This is not about running a ninja raid to rid your residence of any and all means of evaluating progress be they methods of recording weights and measure, avenues through which to add or subtract and reflect an accurate total, or means of keeping track of the passage of days.
The proverbial window of opportunity-more commonly referred to as "Day One"-is about to appear before countless unprepared Americans as Jan.1 rolls around.
The opening of 2012 comes on a Sunday.
How perfect for all those who want to put the point of no return into the absolute pressure spot of the entire year's schedule: Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Too long has this been the symbolic beginning of the brutal clash of the titans: the end of something and the start of something new.
After years of research, I can confidently report there is little the average person really wants to tie to something as inflexible as Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 other than Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.
The idea this time is to figure out a way to see these dates as reasonable and reachable opportunities for brighter and sometimes lighter ways to see the world as the days continue to steadily pass.
The goal is to change a few of the basics which, by our having routinely followed without even the slightest question being posed before each annual trek began, may have headed some down a less than positive path in years past.
The start of something new is often well worth celebrating, particularly if it is a true change for the better and brighter in your eyes or in the view of someone who means something to you.
In support of that, I suggest NOT sharing every detail-good or bad-about your first week's effort of following a different way of doing something you hope will improve something in or around your day-to-day life.
You are human, not superhuman.
If your situation requires superhuman effort there is no room for fudge or fudging.
If your personal improvement project is one made of your own choosing, keep the details to yourself or a trusted few, at least until you are solidly on your way toward that resolution's goal.
Seemingly major or minor to someone else: resolutions met successfully can be uplifting to anyone able to realize them.
I propose that the huge fuss made over the close of one year and the opening of the next be postponed ever so slightly-say, until Tuesday.
The whole idea of resolutions, particularly those traditionally tied to the New Year's holiday is to revolutionize something-often an individual's life through a shift in their lifestyle.
This year seems the perfect time to look at starting to change things-personal things, not business related details-on some day other than Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
It is likely wise to leave all official type recognitions of the shift from one year to the next, via the single passage of a second in time, to the yearly traditions.
Just a thought: how is it that all those changes of habit promised in the waning minutes of the passing year will suddenly be so easy to keep in line a few seconds later, as a new year begins?
A wonderful investment in self improvement might just be giving us a chance to have a day or two of grace to help land the end result of any effort into the successful category. Bringing about a brighter or lighter being can be the direct result of what might seem little more than a small nudge at the start of what becomes a personal success to be celebrated.
Success does not have to be marked as starting on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
Consider this revolutionary resolution to carry forward. It is not original, but I believe it is timeless and shares a message well worth resolving to remember: "Be who you are, and be that well."