This year, I resolve ...

Sun Journal

January 01, 1999

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Want to know what labors of self-improvement other folks are embarking on? A web site, www.aristotle.net/newyears/newyears.htm, has been compiling a list of people's New Year's Resolutions. You are entitled to any of these -- or to make your own.

To finally take the time, endure the ordeal, and learn to country/Western dance. If I do nothing else, this is what I desire, as well as to spend time in a lovely lady's arms. Thames.

I am going to leave work earlier so that I can spend more quality time with my wife. Scott.

To appreciate everything God has given to me, including ME. I resolve not to be judgmental toward my fellow man. I resolve to be thankful, especially for my country, family and community. JT.

To remember I will never be alone because the folks at Channel 4 really love me. DB.

I resolve to lose 15 pounds by March (a mere 5 pounds a month), go to church more often and stop drinking. Elizabeth.

To keep supporting the Green Bay Packers. I'll pray to St. Packer. KZak.

To find a nice girlfriend and not to be on the computer too much. Bobby.

Talk less, listen more.

Complain less, compliment more. Christy C.

Stop worrying about EVERY LITTLE thing and enjoy the little oddities that happen in my life. To start writing the Great American Novel. To enjoy whatever happens at my wedding and stop worrying about whether I have thought of everything (so what if there's no cake). To love, work, learn and play with a sense of humor and major gusto. Be all I can be. NG.

To have more self-confidence in social situations. Shannon M.

My resolution is to eat everything fattening and disgusting, sit around more and watch TV, fight with my husband, screw around at work, take advantage of my boss' stupidity. Well, now, come on, let us all be honest about what the next year will really bring. Reality Strikes.

Run for president.

Ronald Kennedy Nixon.

N Write at least 5 things a day that I am grateful for. Dawn.

Right! I'll try to quit smoking. P.O.D.

To publish a short story and a novel either in cyber publishing or regular literary media. Linda.

Read the Bible through from beginning to end. Steve.

To be financially secure in five years' time, while at the same time providing for the needs of my family. Study hard to pass my exams. Exercise and drop waistline by 2 inches. IH.

To finish my Haydn Cello Concerto by February 1. To try to get along with my parents, even if they take me out of drama. Not to sleep later than 9 every morning so I don't miss life. Leah.

To read the Holy Koran at least once a week, to exercise at least three times a week. KO77.

Clear up my zits and get a better haircut. South Beach Hunk.

Don't be cruel. Elvis.

To be more obedient to my parents, my mother especially. And even though I don't agree with most of my Dad's choices and actions I will be more obedient to him too. Jeffrey Lee Jones.

1. To be healthy, stronger, more self-confident, more intelligent and quit all the things I have found wasting time, useless and boring and try all things I think interesting and worthy of being done.

2. To care more about my family, do all my best to make my grandma, papa, mama, sister happy.

3. To make more new friends, while keeping in touch with my old friends, getting along well with the World.

4. (if possible) Meet my real girlfriend and fall in love and get my life romantic.

5. To complete the course of driving lessons and get my license. (It is surely being done.)

6. To start the preparation of [exams] and participate in it in May (if possible), hoping to get a high score.

7. To get my current work completed, and then I will find a new job freely and start my working hard all over again (because I want to be in a more refreshing working place).

8. To make all the above real and say, Hello and Happy New Year to everyone seeing this message. Eddie Huang, Beijing.

To start dieting again after my son goes back to college. To be more patient and to have more sex with my husband because he works hard and deserves better.

To make a dream journal, then get a dream dictionary and see what they mean. Crow Achard.

I resolve to be a better atheist, to become further removed from my family, to earn more money than I spend, to gain 20 pounds of muscle, to move somewhere warmer, to make ambition my recreational drug of choice. Diego.

To not smash this computer. Fred.

Make up with my boyfriend and earn some money. I also want to stop my bad habits and stop yelling at everyone. Layla.

To lose 10 to 15 pounds. Donna.

To convince my wife that she has lost 10 to 15 pounds. Jeff.

Work out more and stick to my diet to lose weight.

Spend more time with my son.

Get along more with my boyfriend.

Tell husband about boyfriend.

Work toward a better career. Michele.

I will not let food be my best friend.

I will stop waiting for things to happen. I will make them happen.

I will stop getting mad at my significant other, because he can't help it that he's a man and is stupid.

I will finish my degree. Missy.

To never make a resolution again. Jeremy Matthey.

My pet resolves...

Even pets make News Year's Resolutions, according to Chris White and Ziff-Davis, who have posted some self-improvement goals by our animal companions at www.geocities.com/Heartland/

1762/top12.html.

* Try to understand that the cat is from Venus and I am from Mars.

* I will no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener.

* Take time from busy schedule to stop and smell the behinds.

* Grow opposable thumb; break into pantry; decide for MYSELF how much food is ``too much.''

* Goldfish: get out of the castle more, maybe swim counter-clockwise this year.

* I will not chase the damned stick unless I see it LEAVE HIS HAND.

Pub Date: 1/01/99

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