I can’t believe another year has come and gone.

It’s that time again. The pressure is on. What is your New Year’s resolution?

The top 10 list from 2016 includes:

Top 10 New Years Resolutions:





1. Lose Weight

2. Getting Organized

3. Spend less, save more

4. Enjoy life to the fullest

5. Staying fit and healthy

6. Learn something exciting

7. Quit smoking

8. Help others in their dreams

9. Fall in love

10. Spend more time with family

Fitting in fitness is almost as big a challenge as actually exercising for most of us. If only sitting in front of a computer burned as many calories as running around the block. I’d be thin and people would be offering me a sandwich. Hmmm, sounds counterproductive.

Needless to say, taming the bulge for many, including me, is like stepping into a cage with a ferocious lion armed only with a feather. We are the fattest country in the world and it will likely only get worse. It is more expensive to eat nutritious food than to grab a burger and fries. (The burger thing also takes a lot less time.)

Getting organized has been a goal of mine for several decades now. I wonder what that says about me?

Spend less, save more. Um, not even going to go there.

The daunting task of enjoying life more can be overwhelming. Some don’t know how, some can’t find the time and quite frankly, some people just don’t want to. They are far happier griping and moaning; it’s within their comfort zone and allows them to avoid change.

Thank goodness for number six. I learn something new just about every day. I’m sure they are talking about something more substantial — like a foreign language — but I have to take kudos when I can get them.

Number seven should be in all caps. They say it takes the average smoker four attempts to kick the habit for good.

Well, it has been confirmed. I am well above average.

Helping others is a noble endeavor and many of us do little and big things every day. Last year, it was just that. This year they’ve added other people’s dreams to the mix. That is really what it’s all about, isn’t it? Like they say: give a man a fish, he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.

Finally we have reached number 10. Number 10 was number one last year. Hmmm. This has become one of my priorities for nearly 20 years after losing my father to cancer. He was 63 when he died and I still feel robbed of all those years with him. After his death, I made a conscious effort to tell the people I love just that and to also show them.

Oh well. I won’t be sharing my New Year’s resolutions this year. It puts far too much pressure on me to succeed.

If I say I am going to lose weight, those around me watch every bite that goes in my mouth.

If quitting smoking tops my list, people will ask me how it is going so many times, only a long drag will calm my frazzled nerves.

See what I mean?

On the other hand, aren’t goals and resolutions supposed to be a challenge? If they were easy, there’d be no point to making a goal or resolutions if they are so easily attained.

Only about 8 percent of people are successful in their goals.

So, make a resolution but also make a plan on how to meet it.