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January 18, 2014

Resolutions or Wishes?

NORMAN — Ho Hum. It is New Year’s Resolution time. Of course, we are halfway through the month and some folks have already given up. But never mind.

Family, relatives, friends, co-workers, and talking heads jump on the annual bandwagon and make a list of resolutions. More often than not, such well-intentioned and overly ambitious plans go the way of the Dodo.

Resolution is defined as determination, tenacity and perseverance — just a few variations on the “R-word” to ponder when aiming for a goal. The problem with goals is that they require consistent effort to achieve success. No slipshod I’ll-deal-with-it-when-I-feel-like-it will do. And there is the rub.

Today’s society is all about instant gratification, which explains why so many people have become rich promising folks instant weight loss, instant wealth, instant skills of all kinds. What people yearning for miracles of the earthly kind forget is “Easy come, easy go.”

Yes, you may drop a great deal of weight fast, but because you did not learn new habits with that “instant” weight loss those pesky cellulite dimples will creep back on your buns and sundry other body parts in an equally speedy manner.

Let’s consider the rags to riches folks. If you do not have the sense to get help and learn to manage your “instant” wealth, it will not last. The best examples are lottery winners and athletes. They are instant millionaires, but unless they seek financial guidance at the onset their new found wealth will be frittered away with nothing left but experience — and not everyone learns from experience.

In the defense of such lucky-for-a-moment folks, buckets of money tend to spawn “friends” and countless needy relatives like mosquitoes in a stagnant pond. Everyone has their hands out, taking advantage of the good nature, generosity and the desire-to-be-loved of the newly minted rich guy.

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