Resolutions R Us by Bill Storie

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By Bill Storie

Well, maybe not. It’s that time of year with the end of this year fast approaching that some people believe that we should be making New Year Resolutions. “Why?” might be an appropriate question, of course.

So let me ask you this. If you made Resolutions last year did you stick to them? Thought so. You made it to January 5th then somehow they were forgotten. “What was the Resolution I even made, I can’t remember.”

So are you going to bother doing more this year or will common sense prevail?

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great idea to resolve to do things to improve your health or your financial condition or your overall lifestyle. I really do. But I wonder the wisdom, or the magic, of resolving lifestyle changes at a particular date on the calendar. Wouldn’t it make more sense to figure out what changes you need to make on any day of the year, then make them?

As you know I love the writings of Oscar Wilde, So, his take on this Resolution stuff is,

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. ~ Oscar Wilde ~

That sums it up for me. But if you feel your conscience will be clearer if you do make some then go right ahead. Here’s a wee tip though – don’t tell anyone what they are, just keep them to yourself. Then if by some peculiar chance you break them, then you won’t feel embarrassed in front of your friends and family – unless of course they’ve broken theirs as well.

But, for those of us in retirement probably the top three are:

  1. Sleep more
  2. Eat less
  3. Stay sane

(Last week we were asking if there was a “Sanity Clause”)

So this just about wraps up another year of scribbles and silly words, but hopefully now and again our entire Olderhood Writing Team has brought you some good advice, ideas or maybe just confirmation that you are not alone in your feelings and emotions, especially in these sunset years. I assure you that we will all continue to strive to bring you our best thinking and writing in the New Year.

It’s not easy to write fresh material week in, week out at a consistently high quality level, which I believe we have. So, I extend my heart-felt gratitude to all of our Olderhood Team and assure them that with over 65,000 Olderhood fans around the world, their words of wisdom and their genuine desire to help others, is getting through.

I am absolutely certain that thousands and thousands of readers in every corner of the world send you their thanks and sincere appreciation for your dedication, hard work and caring.

Olderhood started two and a half years ago with a deep desire by myself and Co-Founder Robin Trimingham to help people approach their “Third Journey” as we call it, and to enjoy it, through sharing information, advice and support to as wide and diverse an audience as we could reach.

Our wildest dreams of that mission back then have been shattered by the staggering reaction and unbelievable support we have received from all of you around the world. Thank you.

Happy 2016 everyone

Bill

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