Resolve Against Resolutions

I know you didn’t achieve your New Year’s resolutions in 2016. I say this confidently because research shows only 8% of people actually do so. Thus statistically, I bet you didn’t. But don’t feel bad, neither did 92% of the resolutionists out there. So for 2017 how can you become one of the elite few who actually achieve what they set out to do? Today’s Second Chance Pet Column reveals the secret…

And here it is… don’t make New Year resolutions. I hear your collective sighs as you release the levy of tension from not having come up with your resolutions yet. And here is why you haven’t, they are boring and unachievable (way to take the zing out of a new year by promising to do things you couldn’t do the year before…) and just so last year. Instead for 2017 focus on survival - just kidding - no, for a successful 2017 it is all about New Year Awakenings. Focus on enjoying what you have rather than chasing what you don’t (unless you are joyfully chasing a toy across the floor). Positive change is good but without sincere gratitude it is just another typical year. Don’t change your life - change how you live it.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with wanting to grow and improve different aspects of yourself, but before starting that journey, learn to accept where you are in the present moment. Then see what naturally comes about when you don’t force changes to life.

Granted, I am a cat and we are not into overachievement (bring on the status quo and we will love you forever) but I am not encouraging mediocrity for 2017 – and even recommend some resolutions to changing behaviors that are not beneficial to one’s true well-being. I believe that over-indulgent habits should be tested and revised. For example, instead of taking super long naps and not getting things accomplished, try intermittent cat-naps throughout the day to supply bursts of energy and inspiration.

Another resolution that I strongly encourage is to not roll over and accept everything life throws at you. If I did I would not be alive to talk about it. Finding myself suddenly alone and homeless in the winter was not part of my life plan – but it happened – as will other challenges occur for you in 2017.

But rather than remain cold, hungry and alone I found my way here to Second Chance Humane Society. This is the place where furry felines like me are launched into our new careers as family pets. Speaking of which…I am about 2 years of age and love people, am fine with dogs but that unblinking stare of cats often times rattles me so I would rather not live with them unless I have to.

A new year often inspires a renewed sense of purpose, determination, and hope. It’s a time when you put the past behind you and begin new adventures. A time to reexamine your life and figure out what changes you’d like to make. That is cool and admirable but please just commit to something worthy of your attention that really lights your fire – don’t be one of the uninspired 92% this year (pssssst - you can start by resolving to adopt a furry family member like me!).

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