REFLECTIONS: Short and sweet — resolutions for 2012

By Jack Batdorff
Pioneer Group Chairman

It’s New Year’s Eve Day.

The last day of 2011.

And that means it’s the last day to make good on all those resolutions you made a year ago! (and then, after the first of the year, promptly said … “we’ll REALLY start Feb. 1 … and then March 1 … and then April 1st … and yadda, yadda, yadda! Know what I mean?)

Oscar Wilde once said “Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”

Well, folks, I going to make my life a lot simpler this year.

I’m not going to make all kinds of promises that I know I won’t be able to keep …

I don’t want to:

… lumber on the scale again and say, “Oh crap … my scale’s going the wrong way!”

… look in the barn again and say, “Is this mess REALLY still there?”

… look across the bed again with computer in hand and see my wife glaring at you … “Ooops, forgot that resolution too!”

… suddenly realize (once more) that I’ve been on Facebook for three and a half hours …. “Ooops again … what happened to that one hour limit!”

See, I’m a bit like Robert Paul, who said “I’m a little bit older, a little bit wiser, a little bit rounder, but still none the wiser.”

So, this year, my New Year’s resolutions are going to be short … and simple … and only five (whew!).

1) I will buy my lottery ticket at a luckier store.

2) I will convince my wife to quit trying to get on “The Hoarders.”

3) I will quit watching CNN news and start watching something more educational, like “Storage Wars” or “Pit Bulls & Parolees.”

4) I will lose some weight … somewhere.

5) I will quit reading Dostoevsky and Tolstoy and get into something more educational like “Bomb Proof Your Horse” and “Curbside Consultation of the Colon.” And a REAL definite will be “Strip and Knit with Style.”

There!

See how simple that was?

And … with all that being said, I think I’d like to share a very thought provoking piece that was e-mailed to me from two Manistee High School buddies, Dave McNeil and Pete Clason.

As Pete said, “There’s lots of wisdom here.”

And I agree.

So this next year, when you’re search for answers or resolutions, do something different … and check your attitude … for ATTITUDE determines attitude … and what you choose, determines the kind of day (and year) you’re going to have!

Just think …

Today: I can complain because the weather is rainy … or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

Today: I can feel sad that I don’t have more money … or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely.

Today: I can grumble about my health … or I can rejoice that I am alive.

Today: I can complain over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up … or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

Today: I can cry because roses have thorns … or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today: I can mourn my lack of friends … or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

Today: I can whine because I have to go to work … or I can shout for joy because I have a job.

Today: I can complain because I have to go to school … or I can eagerly open my mind and fill it with new knowledge.

Today: I can complain because I have to do housework … or I can feel honored because I have a home.

Remember: what today and this next year will be like is solely up to you.

You get to choose.

Remember: An optimist stays up until midnight to welcome in the New Year … while a pessimist stays up until midnight to make sure the old year leaves.

Have a super New Year … and may you make YOUR choices wisely…

Jack Batdorff is the chairman of the Pioneer Group. E-mail him at jbatdorff@pioneergroup.com.

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