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I think too much.
The New Year’s Resolution fails not because it’s a goal that’s set too high, but because it is a goal that is an expression of our collective guilt. It is conscience attempting to return to some kind of balance after we relinquish ourselves to the madness of the tribal orgy of the holidays. Of course, after six solid weeks of seven deadly sins, it’s no wonder why we get all bent out of shape about being all bent out of shape.

Now, this should be where I go into a rant belaboring the lack of proper ritual in our society, the evils of irresponsible consumerism under the guise of national holidays, and maybe even the tasteless horror that is the Broad Breasted White turkey. But I won’t. In fact, I won’t even write the footnote references that are begging to get on the page. (Ok, I may eventually revisit the turkey thing, but just because there are things that need to be said.)

Instead, I’m going to say something vague and completely off topic about one of you being the hotness, and leave it at that.
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alex_victory From: alex_victory Date: December 21st, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
komos From: komos Date: December 21st, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
You saw right through my clever ruse.
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komos From: komos Date: December 22nd, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
The most common approach the tradition seems to be from a place of lacking. This underlying "something missing" influences both the need to make the resolution and one's chances of success. I'd give more of a nod to the self-determination model if a part of the process involved taking stock of how one does have agency and how well one has lived (or better, how one has lived well) during the past year. This acknowledgement would be empowering, but based on the failure rate of resolutions, I'd hazard that it's often skipped.

I'm not saying that no one is successful, just that for the most part, the tradition is flawed. To take it a step further, I'm speculating part of the flaw may come from the fact that it comes at the end of a season that is rife with excess.

Incidentally, I've been struggling with them, too... hence the ruminations. Thanks for stopping in. ^_^
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komos From: komos Date: December 22nd, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Welcome, and thanks. ^_^

Just based on what I've seen so far, I'm looking forward to reading more.
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