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The answer is Resolute

One can always determine that it is the beginning of a new year when you see all the commercials on the television touting the many helpful diet programs to aid in one losing the same pounds they have dutifully sworn to lose year, after year, after year.
Or, perhaps, you see all those motivational personalities that encourage you to be your best you, to choose your real path, to become more ____, ____,(fill in the blanks). [Some possible answers spiritual, healthier, kinder, richer, focused, altruistic, involved, traveled, etc.] You can flip that more to less, as in less, (again fill in the blanks) (fat, skinny, poor, old, ugly, political, religious, fanatical, boorish, single, etc.)
Mind you, these are the same people who preached the previous year (as well as all those wanna be prophets/prophetess, gurus, leaders, soothsayers) that you only had to believe,try, pray, meditate,sacrifice and the very things you wanted gone from your life, psyche, hips, would disappear, poof!
Talk to the majority of the people at the end of the year and they would be making resolutions about as thick and quick as it took to either break them or never start them.
Boomer wisdom has a question. Why don’t we follow through with resolutions? The answer is in the word resolute. First, let me provide you some definitions. Resolutions are simply a decision to resolve a perceived problem. Let’s say you are overweight. You decide that you will no longer be fat and you will stop eating burgers and fries every day, from McDonald’s or,  maybe, it’s every other day. But, you find yourself still eating burgers and fries and even adding in an apple pie. What happened? You made a resolution, but, you left out being resolute.
To be resolute is to be, determinedpurposefulresolvedadamantsingle-mindedunswervingunwaveringsteadfaststaunchstalwart,
unfaltering,unhesitatingpersistentindefatigabletenaciousstrong-willedunshakable,stubborn, firm, obstinate obdurateinflexibleintransigent,implacableunyielding, unrelenting,

In other words, you don’t just make a decision, you are steadfast in keeping to the plan you made to achieve the outcomes of what that decision entails. I will stop eating burgers, fries and apple pies because I am determined to lose weight and my will won’t be subjugated to my desire to eat burgers, fries and apple pies. (Don’t know what subjugated means, look it up!)

Boomer girl realizes that changes that must be put in place to achieve resolutions, may force us to undergo that which may be unpleasant in the short-term. But, I do know that being resolute is the answer to many of the changes we desire to see this new year. Don’t just make/create resolutions, keep pushing until you accomplish them. Climbing to the top is arduous work. But, the satisfaction you get knowing you reached the pinnacle will be worth every skinned knee and sore muscle.
Blessings to you all my friends.  See you at the top!


Happy boomer gal ( read smart, feisty, quirky, adventuresome, funny, sassy woman of a certain generation) willing to share my journey and advice with anyone who would not repeat my mistakes. Happy to fully disclose the joys and pitfalls of love at any age, the desire to age well, and the joys inherent in every day. Utilizing poetry, photography, and whatever creative entity that would bring a smile to a hurting heart. Author, wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, humanitarian, exhorter, educator, activist, student, Christ-follower, adventure seeker, pharmacist. Hoping to give all and use all I am for the good of others. Come along. The journey may be difficult, but, it will always be an interesting adventure!

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