Monday, December 28, 2009

Max on ... New Year's Revolutions


I know you think I spelled resolution wrong, but I didn't. I think it's time for a New Year's Revolution and that's the word I meant.

"Resolutions" seem to have lost their umph. To make a New Year's Resolution used to mean something akin to a promise... something that you'd never break.

Now, New Year's Resolutions, such as (1) eat vegetables instead of chocolate, (2) give up smoking, or (3) exercise every day, seem to last until the following Tuesday or in some cases only until the end of the Rose Bowl. They just don't mean what they used to mean.

This year, I challenge you to a New Year's Revolution. Don't choose one of those trite physical promises. Instead, choose a character trait you've been meaning to shape and promise yourself to do something about it this year... either increase or decrease said character trait for the year. Commit yourself to recognizing that you will do well at times and you won't do well at others. It doesn't matter as long as you don't give up.

Are you with me?

Throughout the year, you'll stick with your work on the character trait of your choice and make progress where you can. For example, you know for certain that your food human will feed you every day at a certain time. Invariably, you get nervous about 15 minutes before the appointed time and start meowing about it. A good New Year's Revolution for you could be to work on patience or trust. Give up the meowing and simply wait for the food, secure in knowing that your food human will always feed you.

Personally, my New Year's Revolution is to keep pace with whatever conversation is occurring. You see, I tend to jump ahead and interrupt. My New Year's Revolution is to work on that... waiting my turn in conversations.


Okay... What is your New Year's Revolution?

24 comments:

mariodacat said...

You definately gave me paws (he he - dat's really pause) for reflection too. I need to learn to be more patient and not butt in on conversations too. I alsoneed to be more patient with the oomans and not expect attention IMMEDIATELY! Thank you for making me think about this.

Sheng_Chi said...

My New Year's Revolution is to stop eating too much...oh wait a minute that was last year's one too..oh well...what's the use, it won't last more than a few hours...till my belly starts talking to me again...feed me, feed me nowww!

Harry Spotter said...

Our New Year's Resolution is to get healthy.

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

My Noo Year's Revolushun will be not asking to go outside every 15 minits and wanting back inside 2 minits later, over and over again, all day long. And I now has my two sisses doing it too but not all at the same time. We space it out so it happens every 5 minits. Mom is gitting very annoyed.

Kas said...

My new year resolution will be to have as much fun as possible, love the blog by the way.

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

I'm going to try to figure out how to use the can opener so I can get to the good tuna.

Michelle said...

What a great blog subject, Max! You could also extend to New Year's Evolution if you're feeling really daring. What part of yourself would you like to have evolve? It goes hand in hand with a New Year's Revolution. Thanks for your comment on my latest blog post :-).

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