Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Will you make (or did you make) any New Year’s resolutions this year?” Of the 118 people who responded 75% said “No, that’s not my thing.” Sixteen percent of those who responded said “Yes, and I really hope to keep them,” while 10% said they had made resolutions but were not sure they would be able to keep them. Twenty-nine people submitted comments. A few follow.
Getting through 2022 healthy is all I hope to have happen.
I hope to start to pass my life knowledge on to my grandson who is only 2.
I will try to follow: “Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff.”
I’m not so attuned to the secular New Year, preferring to commit to improving around Rosh Hashanah. Also, I focus on character-based things, such as curtailing gossip or more Torah study, as opposed to weight loss, etc. The secular New Year just doesn’t do it for me
I stopped making them long ago because I never keep them.
No point in making them when I know I will break them!!!
As Jews, we’re fortunate to have two opportunities to start afresh, Rosh Hashanah and Jan. 1. However, it’s best to start on a plan for improvement ahead of time and start those dates with momentum.
These are commonsense, non-ambitious goals, so I am (at least) likely to keep them going throughout 2022: mandolin practice, second language practice, maintenance exercise. These “slip” when times get busy, so re-resolving reminds me that every day’s “goals” include these.
Like the U.S. Congress, I made a continuing resolution. In my case, it was to become a better, slimmer, more engaging person.
New Year’s resolutions are silly and usually fail. We need not turn the page on the calendar to better our lives.
Vowing to follow the 10 Commandments is the ultimate resolution. I (and hopefully many others) plan to do so in 2022 and in all the years to come
About 10 years ago I resolved to never again make a New Year’s resolution, and it has been the only resolution I ever kept.
My resolution is to make a nice contribution to the Chronicle! PJC
— Toby Tabachnick