New Year’s Resolve..utions?

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So tomorrow is the start of 2014, and most people will be thinking of new starts and new resolutions. But apparently, 88% of those who make resolutions fail. That’s pretty high.

In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. On further research I quite like the idea of a Code of Chilvary, representing individual training and service to others and the knightly virtues of honour, courtly love and courtesy. But what are the top New Year’s Resolutions this year?

According to a survey (http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/) these are the ones the ones for 2014:

1          Lose Weight
2          Getting Organized
3          Spend Less, Save More
4          Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5          Staying Fit and Healthy
6          Learn Something Exciting
7          Quit Smoking
8          Help Others in Their Dreams
9          Fall in Love
10        Spend More Time with Family

Yup, they all sound pretty familiar. Then I found the 10 alternative New Year’s resolutions published in the Metro (http://metro.co.uk/2013/12/31/ten-alternative-new-years-resolutions-for-2014-4243057/):

1. Invent your own language
2. Stay exactly the same weight
3. Pledge to stay single for a year
4. Spend more money
5. Stay in the same job
6. Give up being one of those boring people at the NYE party who says ‘I don’t make resolutions’
7. Work more
8. Accept the fact that life is messy and imperfect
9. Get better at something you’re already quite good at
10. Take up drinking. Or eating cheese and chocolate before bed

These ones sound much more realistic. The TED inspired ones also appeal to me (http://blog.ted.com/2013/12/30/your-ted-inspired-new-years-resolutions/) So what will mine be? I think I will go for just two:

  1. Be kinder to myself
  2. Be kinder to others

Not sure how I will measure the success come December 2014 though!

Feathery Dreams

Mâle Eider à tête grise (Somateria spectabilis)

Naked bodies sweating out
Fears into feathery pigeon
Holes of thought.
Freudian slips
Of silk on Egyptian cotton.
Dreaming of flower beds:
Soft, earthy mattresses,
Warming bulbs and tubers.
Billowing pillows and
Down escaping from seams.
Dreams flying away on wings
Of eider ducks.