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I'm redoing my resolutions!

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Resolutions... I know many folks that just don't make them. They never stick and,usually, they aren't that fun. You never hear someone say, "Oh, my New Year's Resolutions? Watching more TV and gorging myself on chocolate every day." I've thought about my resolutions of years gone by and realize they are similar...and stay on my To Do list for most of the year.

I ran across this list made by Woody Guthrie (the talented singer/songwriter behind "This Land is Your Land" among a bunch of other hits). He wrote it at the end of 1941, looking to 1942...he was 30.

1. Work more and better
2. Work by a schedule
3. Wash teeth if any
4. Shave
5. Take bath
6. Eat good - fruit - vegetables - milk
7. Drink very scant if any
8. Write a song a day
9. Wear clean clothes - look good
10. Shine shoes
11. Change socks
12. Change bed cloths often
13. Read lots good books
14. Listen to radio a lot
15. Learn people better
16. Keep rancho clean
17. Don't get lonesome
18. Stay glad
19. Keep hoping machine running
20. Dream good
21. Bank all extra money
22. Save dough
23. Have company but don't waste time
24. Send Mary and kids money
25. Play and sing good
26. Dance better
27. Help win war - beat fascism
28. Love mama
29. Love papa
30. Love Pete
31. Love everybody
32. Make up your mind
33. Wake up and fight

Now these, these aren't just resolutions. They are a list of how to live life. Pretty cool, no? Makes me want to revamp my resolution list a bit.

What do you think of this list by Woody Guthrie? Why do you -- or don't you -- make resolutions? 


by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Replies (11-20):
by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I don't make them because it's just not something I ever got into.

by Silver Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

I like 3 and 18 lol.

by Gold Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I think it's a great list.  I don't make resolutions as I don't keep them but I try to have goals that I always have anyway.

by Gold Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Wow, that is a long list, but a positive one.

by Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM
Sounds good to me
by Bronze Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM

That is a good list of resolutions.  I mostly just don't get around to making actual resolutions - but I do often try to do things better throughout the year.

by on Jan. 2, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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I don't make resolutions but I've made some positive changes that I plan to continue:

1. Learn to Trust God more in my life

2. Continue to work on healthy eating for my family

3. Continue to exercise and find more ways of being active

4. Declutter my house!

by Gold Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM

lol at the list.

by Silver Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Yes, this list is great. But... I don't think we should have a LIST of resolutions. That's too much pressure. Choose one (maybe two) things that are really important and kick butt on those!! By next year, those will be habits and you can add another very important thing. :)

That said, I don't make NY resolutions any more. I try to change things when it occurs to me that they need changing. :)

by Gold Member on Jan. 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM

That is a good list! 

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