Ettie Newlands

It’s time for New Year’s resolutions again, and I can honestly say I kept the ones I made last year.

I made practical, do-able resolutions last year, such as not going to the gym, and gaining about six pounds instead.

I resolved not to have any more children, and not to get a cat.

I resolved not to take tennis lessons and not to have a dinner party for 12.

I resolved not to wear horizontal stripes or straighten my hair.

This year, I’m sharing some resolutions from someone on Facebook who shared them from someone else.

One of those folks said he stole them outright, but “sharing” sounds so much better.

On Facebook, they’re called “Simple Formula for Living,” but this time of year, resolutions are in order:

Live beneath your means.

Return everything you borrow.

Stop blaming other people.

Admit it when you make a mistake.

Give clothes you don’t wear to charity.

Do something nice and try not to get caught.

Listen more; talk less.

Take a 30-minute walk every day.

Strive for excellence, not perfection.

Be on time. Don’t make excuses.

Don’t argue. Get organized.

Be kind to unkind people.

Let someone cut ahead of you in line.

Take time to be alone.

Cultivate good manners.

Be humble.

Know when to be silent.

Go an entire day without criticizing anyone.

Learn from the past. Plan for the future. Live in the present.

Personally, I’m only making two resolutions.

One is to think about something I want to do better than I did it last year. There are lots of them, so it’s going to take me into April to decide which is the most important.

And I’m also going to keep last year’s resolution not to go to the gym.

And I probably won’t have more children or get a cat.

Happy New Year.

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