Friday, December 31, 2010

A New Year, Second Chances

New Years Resolutions. Why do we do this? Why do we put undue pressure on ourselves? I mean, I know we intend  to keep these resolutions. I would certainly hope we do. That we would sit around and make up things we never intend to do in the first place would be ludicrous. Wouldn't it? My gracious. Why lie to ourselves? Why pretend to ourselves and half of the free world? Because you know, as we speak, resolutions are being posted world-wide on Face Book, My Space and every other social network to be found.

I don't know what my resolutions are yet. I know it's New Year's Eve, but this is important, and I am still thinking. I want to be able to fulfill my wishful resolution obligations. I mean I KNOW what I would like to say. I would LIKE to resolute that:

1.  I will lose 75 pounds. Or 10, which is much less adventurous but more achievable.
2.  I will never be a smarty britches when it's uncalled for again. But, is it ever called for, really?
3.  I will eat healthier. I will never again, eat a mayonnaise sandwich or a whole batch of chocolate chip cookies by myself. I will invite others to join me, I will share.
4.  I will not stomp, throw things, or holler when something doesn't suit me. Kudos if I do's going to be next to impossible.
5.  I will not curse. (this one can be thrown out RIGHT NOW). Reality please, reality.
6.  I will present myself with consummate patience always. Even when entering all drive thru eatery windows. Which should not be hard since I am supposed to be eating healthy. *See #3
7.  I will not roll my eyes at my husband or children more than twice in one week. This is all I can promise. Take it.
8.  I will listen harder and remember better, everything anyone needed me to. As long as my early on-set Alzheimer cooperates.
9.  I will love myself and take care of myself, as much as I do others. Without me, I cannot help them. For which some of them might be grateful..that I quit much.
10 I will try to limit the number of times I repeat these words in year 2011 "If you want to talk about somebody, come sit by me". Although I love that quote, and it makes me laugh, it is not nice.
That's it. That's about all I've got to offer. I feel it's real. I meant every word I said. And, I can do all of it if I try. 

A sweet, sweet girl (who I have never known to be hateful) posted a wonderful thing today. She said, "I don't have to be hateful, I can just say Bless Your Heart." Isn't that the most beautiful thing? The easiest thing in the world to do? When you want to cuss, holler, scream, be rude, be impatient, snap out words, argue and be mean....even if someone is directing all those things at you, just stop....breathe deep..and say...Bless your heart. What in the world can someone say back to that? How could they ever keep hollering, ranting or being ugly? No one in the world can refute or ignore those words when spoken. Bless your heart. That's it. So simple. And although it's a world wide saying, it sounds so very Southern. It just rolls right off of your tongue. So, this is my vow, to add as my #11 Resolution.  This year, in 2011, I will say, Bless your heart, as many times as I possibly can, to everyone I know. I think that works as well as my #'s 1-10 put together. 

Thanks for reading. May everything you want and everything you need, come to you, in 2011. Happy New Year! And, Bless your Heart.

copyright © 2010 Michelle Mount Mims


  1. Well, Bless Your Heart, Dearie! I hope your 2011 is the best ever.

  2. I always think "this will be the year I stick to my resolution. Every year, I make it to about mid-February before whatever it is goes completely out the window. Maybe one day I'll make one important enough to me to keep! As for Bless Your Heart, you couldn't have explained that any better! Although I don't actually use it very often, I wish I did. It is, by far, the best comeback for any rude comment or response when there is absulutely nothing "PC" to say. =) Loving the blog, keep it up in 2011!