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Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:00

As the year 2015 draws to a close and 2016 dawns on us, we start to think of New Year’s Resolutions. Yes resolutions, those same ones we break sometimes as early as New Year’s day, some in the first hour of the new year and others we break later on. Sure there are people who are committed and carry throughout the year with their resolutions but they are in the minority. A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day.

Then there are some of us who promise to lose weight. We may even set a benchmark as how much weight we will lose. On the second of January we get our gym clothes together and go to the market and buy those healthy fruits and vegetables. Next we start our exercise and diet routine only to fall short a few days or weeks down the road and we find a valid excuse as to why we stop and there goes that resolution out the door. Then there are some of us who promise to stop drinking alcohol and or smoking. Those too are easier said than done. Some occasions may come up like a wedding or party and alcohol is being served and there you go, we are back at the shrine serving the bottle. And the cigarettes and yes weed for some people is like a walking stick that we use for support all the time blaming it on stress.

And then there are the other things such as ‘I will start going to church.’  Then there is the intention of ‘I will be more attentive to my spouse and start go home earlier.’ Some people promise to be more courteous to others in general. There is also the promise that ‘I will handle stress better, I won’t take work related stress home or the other way around.’ However the biggest one is when people give up the bad habits like the drinking, the smoking, the casino, the staying out late, they will be able to save money to put to good use like repairing their home or putting it towards their children’s education or a rainy day fund or better yet their own retirement. For most all these go down the drain as they just turn into broken resolutions.

We will only make but two resolutions and that is our resolve to wish each and every Belizean both at home and abroad a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS 2016 and that they may have the health, strength and determination to carry through with their resolutions. Again a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all.

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