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in Holi-DAZE

Calvin and Hobbes comic on GoComicsResolutions are always in question with the start of each new year. Of course, we should pursue all that’s important to us as we’re able. The date isn’t going to change whether we care enough to follow through. Much less will a change of calendars enable you to take on multiple things at once. It’s the lengthy lists that baffle me most. I can’t help but feel people are setting themselves up for disappointment. Why aim for more than you can accomplish or have cared to til now when an equivalent effort could accomplish one thing with far more certainty?! Quality over quantity arguments aside, what’s wrong with increasing your odds?

It’s not a new calendar year that inspires me. I do assess what one thing I should be doing that I’m not every year but at my birthday instead. It’s as a new year of my life starts that I find myself wondering what I can begin or renew that had hitherto gone by the wayside. It was blogging I picked back up & dusted off on my last birthday. Faced with my annual questioning of how I can yet be truer to myself, my answer had no competition. More often than not, the solution to what we should be doing is found by considering what we could be doing. So, October is now this blog‘s birthday as well.

As a shared journey is typically easier, timing your resolution to coincide with others’ may help though. The New Year’s Resolution may in fact be a case of positive peer pressure. RhodesTer doesn’t make resolutions on the very principle that he’s not willing to be answerable to anyone he hasn’t chosen to be. Everyone’s encouragement & queries as per your progress may have the potential to be helpful but can get tiring. There again, avoid random & especially multiple goals so that you can pursue something that really matters to you &, voila, have brilliantly orchestrated it so you’ll have support.

Happy New Year!

This working together toward self-improvement is enticing which is why I tend to use the impetus the new calendar creates to make a mutual pact with someone. It has quite often been RhodesTer but is just as likely to be me mum; particularly with her birthday, thus personal resolutions, coming up this month. This year, she & I have committed to getting onto our respective computers more often. “Neither sleep nor pain nor sickness nor gloom of night will stay us from our appointed typing.” Although any combination therein, not to mention a husband or two, likely will.. Yet, less often!

Perhaps resolutions have no appeal for you or you don’t recognize January first as the real start of the new year. It is crazy-making that the calendar has so changed over the ages. Even upon switching to solar from lunar, you’d think months named for their placement — like October, from Oct, meaning eight — could have kept their places. Surely the other two months should’ve been added to the end; February’s length difference would certainly make more sense. As January was named for the two-faced god Janus, in honor of his ability to look forward & back simultaneously, it nonetheless is a rightful time for reflection.

infinity video by MAI YAMASHITA+NAOTO KOBAYASHIWhatever your approach to this time of retrospection — where did last year go? — or your interest in self-renewal, any new beginning is an opportunity. Besides, what better opportunities could hope to be found than in a year denoted by the symbol for infinity?? Certainly there’s an implication of infinite possibilities.. Our inference that anything is possible has found its place in time. There may be nothing more to currently do or hope for but nothing should keep us from a renewed determination at such a time. Seize change if there’s growth to be had or just improve what’s already been changed.

“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” ~ Cavett Robert

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1 Elizabeth 6 January 2008 at 1:36 am

Volto Pagina. ( I’m turning over a new leaf ) Lit: I’m turning a page. Italian

So I’m turning a new page in my life. One that is blank now but will be full by the end of the year. :-) xoxo

Do let us help you fill the pages to come!? Here’s hoping we start a whole new book..

(|_|*to beginnings*|_|) “May your life be like good wine — tasty, sharp and clear — and, like good wine, may it improve with every passing year.” ~ Italian Blessing


2 Rene 6 January 2008 at 1:35 pm

Jim likes to downplay the New Year, and says every day is the start of a new year. Me, however, I love January 1st. It’s another chance for me to resolve to stop doing stupid things like biting my fingernails. Maybe this will actually be the year!

Combining your approaches gives goals inspired by the new year better odds since each new day is a new beginning! So, good luck leaving those fingernails alone: try, try again.. I know you’ll channel that energy elsewhere & find something more constructive to do with your hands.

ex-fingernail-biter |_|) “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any[one], but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” ~ Mark Twain


3 Elizabeth 6 January 2008 at 11:21 pm

Happy Birthday to the Oh Great One From Another Planet!! Happy Birthday David! Here’s to Many Light Years To Come! ;-) :-) xoxo

Happy Birthday to Mr. Bowie indeed! Tho’ I believe it’s today..

“space oddity” |_|) “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.” ~ David Bowie


4 Lorna 7 January 2008 at 9:52 pm

I’m with what’s his name….no setting myself up to fail.

Instead I started the year by re-reading Stranger in a Strange Land….just to get a reality check on my big influencer. Even though it’s a bit dated in some ways, in the important make-yourself-think way, it’s still brilliant.


5 coffeesister 10 January 2008 at 12:38 am

I’m all for lack of failure, just don’t stop striving!? Which reminds me, are you reading the original version or the uncut edition? As many times as I have read the first, I’ve yet to tackle the latter. Waiting is..

Dorian |_|) “There was so much to grok, so little to grok from.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein, “Stranger In A Strange Land”


6 mum 10 January 2008 at 1:30 am

“Whatever your circumstances, however you got there, grab hold of what’s working & let go of what’s not, then take hold of what’s left!” ~  Dorian Rhodes

What GREAT words for this time of the year; ‘my’ personal New Year, as you so eloquently stated. I took them from your ‘CHRISTmastime’ post, (I think I added the exclamation mark @ the end! Hope that’s OK!) & I plan to print them out & put them up somewhere so I can read them every day!!!

I believe in our pact to keep in touch, mainly through your blog, chats, emails, & possibly my journal, which I plan to use!!! I’ll keep you posted on that plan!

I love you !!! <3<3<3  More later….


7 coffeesister 10 January 2008 at 2:38 am

With exactly two weeks til your New Year, I’m excited to be part of it & desperately hope we can celebrate in person sometime soon! Also, by all means, please do provide any punctuation I may be lacking.. :smile:

I just hope the rest of our family & my extended one follows suit but using the internet, hopefully my blog especially, :wink: to be/stay connected. DO use your journal, perhaps even just monthly. I can hardly wait & love you too!!! <3

|_|) “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” ~ Jane Howard


8 Nick Carlton 10 January 2008 at 12:58 pm

I so admire your way with words, and so true they are…

I never make resolutions for a new year either…

I try to accomplish things the entire year, day by day, week by week…Not just because a calendar has flipped a page…

If something needs fixing, why wait for a new year to fix it? Whether it’s you or something else that’s broken…

When you set such lofty unattainable goals for yourself, you’re bound to fail… It’s inevitable…

Do small things every day, things that matter to you and the people around you…

So many times I see people make huge long lists of things they’re either going to do, or not do in the coming new year, and time after time, they berate themselves for not being able to follow through…

Your post was timely and succinct… Do what you can when you can, why put off until tomorrow what you can accomplish today!? Excellent post!

Oh, by the way, I see you’ve been faerie kissed, that’s what I was trying to send you! LOL

Cheers and another round of latte for the troops…

Peace and white light always,

Don’t fix what’s not broken & don’t wait to fix what is.. It’s all those little things that add up to a greater good; change, if needed, is found cumulatively. Each action has its impact & it’s no small one your encouragement has on me! LOVE the feedback!!

I suspected you were in on the faerie kissing!? :eek: THANK YOU!!! :arrow:

(|_|*passing out lattes*|_|)


9 Jordan 11 January 2008 at 12:14 am

“Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever…

New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion.”


10 coffeesister 11 January 2008 at 9:59 am

Exactly so but none too surprising with Twain. :grin: Never should we seek to become anything other than exactly who we are so, if inspired by environmental change, naught but enhancement of our true self should be sought..

|_|) “New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.” ~ James Agate


11 Lorna 11 January 2008 at 8:56 pm

[in reply to our exchange above]

I’m reading the original text in a version printed in 1987, and rescued by me from a “Friends of” sale at my local library. I didn’t know about an uncut version. At 400+ pages, the cut version serves me well.

And of course I’m still striving—just not in a regimented way.


12 coffeesister 12 January 2008 at 4:00 am

Life is, after all, what happens while we’re making plans.. Enjoy your rescued book; rediscovering the original version is what I suspected & am glad you’re doing. Share water with Valentine & wine with Jubal for me!

|_|) “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” ~ John Lennon


13 Jeanne 8 January 2010 at 7:04 am


Fantastic post as always! You are so amazing. I love the comments here too. Thanks for sharing this link. ;)

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