Well, it’s been a whole week since 2011 lurched into view. The gym is already less crowded. For the record, I cannot ever remember making a New Year’s Resolution. As a kid I must have watched too many grownups make—and not keep–them. I have always tried to make daily ones; the kind that I could actually keep. You know, like, ‘I will NOT eat one of those Hershey Kisses sitting in that bowl today!’ Or, ‘I will listen with real interest when old Mrs. So and So tells me the same story for the umpteenth time today.’
A resolution is ultimate and firm. It transcends time—or rather it’s supposed to. Ultimately, it is the resolutions we make which build our true character. Trouble is we put so much emphasis on the BIG things, like Health Care, that we ignore the little ones, like taking care of the health of our loved ones. We rush to put our elderly in nursing homes when a little reconfiguration of their own homes would help them stay independent longer.
Right now I am potty training our new puppy. This is my first dog, ever. It’s a bit more work than I had anticipated. For one thing, she likes to pee in one spot and do something else in a completely different spot. Because I have praised her so much when she actually sets foot on the litter pad, she now goes there often—NOT to pee—but to let me know she would like a treat just for setting foot on it.
So, I am taking it day by day, just like my resolutions. 2011 will find me knitting my life like a sweater; stitch by stitch and row by row. I know full well that I can’t start the sleeves until the body is finished. Just like I know this ten week-old pup will not be house trained overnight. So today, my Resolution is to anticipate her signals better. Meanwhile, I have the 409 and paper towels handy! (Helen Hudson is the author of, “Kissing Tomatoes,” a non-fiction memoir of her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s. http://www.helen-hudson.com).