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by Nancy Richy

Did you ever wonder how New Year’s Eve resolutions began? I never really gave it much thought but I checked it out and found it was a religious thing, not to be confused with a ‘religious experience’. Those I know about!

The omniscient Wikipedia tells us the ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year. During a massive 12-day religious festival, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the reigning king. They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. If the Babylonians kept to their word, their gods would bestow favor on them for the coming year. If not, they would fall out of the gods’ favor – a place no one wanted to be (much like religion and politics today). Babylonia, however, was short-lived; the empire fell apart and reverted to a small kingdom for several centuries.

Hmm, so much for grandiose gestures and so-called good intentions.

I never saw the point in proclaiming a resolution on New Year’s Eve for all to hear when I know there’s a damn good chance I’m not going to keep it. Why put so much pressure on myself? That’s not being negative; it’s being realistic. Besides, no one really cares about someone else’s resolutions unless it involves them.

The truth is, I’m actually pretty happy with the way I am, how I look and the things I do. That said, it doesn’t mean I won’t try to improve whatever needs improving; just like Jell-O, there’s always room for improvement. Could I be a better person, do more for others, be more productive? Sure – who couldn’t?

As I sit here this moment, I can honestly say I can’t think of a single New Year’s resolution I made that I kept. In fact, I’ll take that one step further: I can’t think of a single New Year’s resolution I ever made – and if I did make one, it couldn’t have meant much because I’d surely remember, no?

To everyone who makes a resolution tonight and sticks with it, I say “Congrats to you!”. To those who aren’t as successful, welcome to the club – the human league. It’s a large group and you’re in the good company of those who mean well.

As for me, I resolve not to make any resolutions; I know I won’t disappoint myself or others. But that doesn’t mean I won’t strive to be a decent person, treat others with the respect they deserve, lend a helping hand whenever I’m able and – for crying out loud – be honest. Let’s face it; there are some people who lie when the truth would serve them better.

The last two years have been challenging for everyone but there are growing reasons to be optimistic that our fortitude will be rewarded. So here’s to hoping we all will be in good health in 2022 and full of resolve to bounce back stronger than ever.

NAR © 2021

Gabriela Marie Milton
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  1. What carefully crafted piece! I agree that making resolutions is like putting a huge yoke upon the shoulders all year round. I actually don’t write ‘em down lest «satan filch them away» 🤣. I just have a few in my mind to hang on fearlessly as the year rolls. Thanks for this beautiful reminder just at the start of a new year. Wonderful! Keep writing. 💕

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    1. Lamittan, I am sure Nancy will be thrilled to read your beautiful comment.
      Meantime I want to make sure you get my comments. When you have time could you please make sure that I did not end up in your Spam folder?
      Thank you and have a beautiful week ahead.

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      1. Most welcome, Gabriela. Oooh, if that did happen then I’m so sorry. Let me head straight there and check. Utterly sorry I haven’t checked in awhile 🤦‍♂️. Thanks for letting me know, dear. 🙏

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      2. You do not have anything to apologize about. Thank you for checking.

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      3. Have a beautiful one too.

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  2. Ingrid dice:

    It’s amazing to learn that the tradition of making resolutions goes back 4000 years! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  3. Wow! Didn’t know about this part of history. And, I agree making resolutions sometimes force you to follow the strict path rather than exploring other opportunities.

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  4. jonicaggiano dice:

    Thanks for sharing with us a piece of history I knew nothing about. In terms of making resolutions for New Year, I stopped doing that a long time ago, I agree with you. We should be looking for ways to improve ourselves and help others all year long. Blessings, Joni

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  5. Congratulations Nancy on another published piece. Fun read to hear the history!

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