A Letter To New Year’s Resolutions

Dear New Year’s Resolutions,

Due to the undeniable winter need for cozy, I will not be starting you today.

One of my resolutions for this year was to be diligent about starting work.  When I made this New Year’s promise, I firmly envisioned myself getting up on time, eating a healthy breakfast, and taking all the other wonderfully disciplined steps which would lead me to my desk by 8:30 am ready to work.

Calvin and Hobbs New Year's Resolutions by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbs New Year’s Resolutions by Bill Watterson

Well, it’s now 9:42 am, and I am curled up on the couch in a cocoon of blankets.  A pleasant fire burns in the fireplace and lazy snowflakes fall amid the trees outside my window.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the new year started in spring? Imagine if we set up our world so that everyone got December and January off with pay.  I know, not practical. What about the fact that the other half of the world is experiencing summer right now?  Plus, who’s going to hand out all that free money for nothing?  Hey, we’re dreaming here.  Dreams don’t have to be sensible.  It’s just a nice idea right now when the snow is deep and the blankets are warm.

Admit it, when you are snuggled in bed and the mornings are dark, such wishful thinking is easy.

However, somewhere under all my layers of warmth, a disciplined angel sits on my shoulder reminding me of my New Year’s Resolutions and all the amazing benefits which would come if I simply got up and got going.  And the angel is right.

I could make a list of these benefits, but that brings up words like efficiency and productivity, and they are just not cozy…or quiet.  After a busy holiday season (whoever said it was a holiday needs to look up the definition of the word), the solitude is soothing.

Tipper's New Year's Resolution - Sleep.

Tipper and her blanket.

So, New Year’s Resolutions, you will have to wait until my soul is fed. Don’t worry, it won’t take long.  Already the world is seeping into my quiet and the guinea pigs are hungry.  (Except for Tipper, who seems to be a kindred spirit.)

How about you?  How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?

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