Let’s face it, New Year’s resolutions are venomous things.


Let’s face it, New Year’s resolutions are venomous things. You make them, you break them, you feel lousy, you forget them. But if your bent is masochism and you insist, I recommend reasonable things that are not hard to accomplish: This year I resolve not to drink furniture polish. I resolve to give away all my patent leather. I resolve to pet as many dogs as will permit me.

I once resolved to give up cigarettes but then realized they were one of my oldest friends. As one grows older, we need all the friends we can get so forget that resolution. Likewise drinking. I have never liked to drink so I don’t, but I refused to give it up on numerous occasions for a New Year’s resolution because who knows — one day drinking might come in handy and then where would I be? You have to be careful about these things — life is long and pleasure is short and too often life wins.

If a gun were pointed at my head today and the man in the black cape announced, “Make a resolution or die!” I would grudgingly say, “This year I will try to be kinder, more patient, and as generous as a baby with a cookie.”

The problem with resolutions is we know ourselves pretty well and know if we ain’t doing it now, we probably won’t begin on January 1st. I guess the best thing to do is start in immediately but make no promises to yourself or anyone else. Certainly not out loud. We can make lists and resolutions all day long but the doing is what matters and that can begin any day.

Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Samuel Carroll, 65, was born in NYC and has lived in Austria since the 1970s. He is an American fiction writer primarily known for novels that may be labelled magic realism,slipstream or contemporary fantasy.


  1. My kind of thinking..

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  2. Very true!

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  3. “the doing is what matters.” Amen to that.

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  4. A wise man…

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  5. kind of the way i felt about giving up something for lent, when i was a child catholic.

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  6. Great perspective!

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  8. Peggy Farrell Schroeder says:

    Couldn’t agree more.

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  9. laughing. LOVE this!

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  10. So true. Loved it.

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  11. Yes, I so agree!

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  12. Exactly. New Year’s Resolutions are against my ‘religion’ And, are “so last year” 🙂

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