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New Year’s Resolutions

Look familiar?

Look familiar?

Are you by any chance looking for a way to strike upon a New Year’s Resolution that will actually stick? As we all know, most resolutions fail. They are unrealistic and overwhelming; isn’t that the truth? I recently researched a few of the top 10 lists of resolutions circulating online. I really like this one, which happens to be from the US government. There’s no telling if these are in priority (I hope not!), but they pretty much run the gamut of how to seek an idyllic, balanced life. All you need to do is:

Drink less alcohol

Eat healthy food

Get a better education

Get a better job

Get fit

Lose weight

Manage debt

Manage stress

Quit smoking

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Save money

Take a trip

Volunteer to help others

Wow! Naturally, I’m partial to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Here’s why. Sometimes it’s just one goal – often the one you least expect – that you achieve that allows all the others to just fall into place. You’ve heard of the term “Jack of all trades; Master of none?” You’ve probably also heard that becoming Master of one leads to a knowledge that is varied and widespread among the all. The same brilliant principle may be applied to achieving success with New Year’s Resolutions.

Picture, if you will…Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is your one resolution:

 

The heaps of discarded household junk – dusty stereo with mangled wires; mildewed boxes with old linens; smelly, grimy athletic gear – spilling over the garage shelving onto the floor. You can’t make it to the deep freeze. You can’t find anything anymore. The car is freezing outside.

 

The spare bedroom no longer has a bed. It’s hidden underneath a year’s worth of discarded coats, clothes, unwanted gifts, half-finished projects. The walls are lined with boxes labelled “Goodwill”.

You no longer have house guests because it’s too much work to cram away or hide all the junk lining the hallways and blocking the entrance to the basement. The patio is jammed with blackened plants in cracked pots from last summer, and more junk is piled up under the eaves.

 

IMAGINE IT ALL GONE! Not only have you probably Reduced, Reused, and Recycled, you’ve struck off many of the other top resolutions. You’ve “managed stress,” which reduces your chances of “drinking alcohol” and “smoking.” With fewer nasty coping skills to worry about, your head is clear to make positive choices, such as “eating healthy.” When you eat healthy you feel great about yourself and are able to motivate yourself to “get fit” and “lose weight.”  The latter helps you to “save money” (really, just think: no fast food $$), thereby “getting out of debt.”

Yes, this is what having some space and peace of mind can achieve. So if you’re already on the cusp of cheating on your New Year’s diet, why not consider depriving the landfill instead?