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Have you prepared resolutions?Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at 4:35 PM
It will soon be a new year already and that means I should MAYBE be thinking of some new year's resolutions. How about you? Do you make resolutions or at least, usually like me, attempt to think about making resolutions?
I may already breaking one resolution that I was thinking of making - no more columns about making new year's resolutions!
But I have broken every other resolution I have ever made so what the heck!
I dug up some interesting info to share with you on where the tradition of resolutions came from.
Turns out the first recorded New Year's resolutions were made by the Babylonians around 4,000 years ago. Most commonly, it revolved around returning any borrowed farm equipment, as at the time, the New Year occurred in the spring when planting season was beginning. Wonder how many of those "resolutions" were broken and how many ended up in jail because they were then accused of theft?!
Today's resolutions help us in some small way to solidify our hopes and aspirations for the new year.
This is a good thing. Taking the time to stop and examine our lives is helpful; we can review our successes and failures over the past year and start anew with specific goals in mind.
New year's resolutions are so popular and so common that even the U.S. government has a Web page titled, "Popular New Year's Resolutions." The top eight resolutions are telling:
* Lose weight
* Manage debt
* Save money
* Get a better job
* Get fit
* Get a better education
* Drink less alcohol
* Quit smoking
Half of these resolutions cover vices: obesity, debt, drinking and smoking. The goal is to break a bad habit. The other half are affirmative: saving money, improving income, getting in shape and increasing intelligence. The goal is to make things better. But the problem is, most people who make resolutions stick with them for about a week.
Another New Year's tradition is the playing of the song, "Auld Lang Syne". What the heck do those words even mean? It is one of the most popular songs that nobody knows the lyrics to. "Auld Lang Syne" literally translates as "old long since" and means "times gone by." The song asks whether old friends and times will be forgotten and promises to remember people of the past with fondness, "For auld lang syne, we'll take a cup o' kindness yet." The words are difficult to follow, especially other verses but I think everyone recognizes the tune and relates that to New Year's.
The song was developed from a poem written by Scottish poet Robert Burns in 1796 but it was big band leader Guy Lombardo who popularized the song and turned it into a New Year's tradition. Lombardo played the song at midnight at a New Year's eve party at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929, and a tradition was born.
If you plan to make New Year's resolutions - good luck getting through the first week.
Happy 2011 to you.
Lorri Glawe is a reporter for the Pilot Tribune in Storm Lake.