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The Christmas holidays have come to a close and 2017 nears its end. It is this time of year when many people think about New Year’s resolutions. Some take them seriously, while others do not.

A resolution is, according to “Webster’s New World Dictionary,” a decision as to future action.

Let’s face it. Most of us resolve to be better people, but few of us want to make the investment to become our better selves. We are too used to living in a world of instant gratification and are often looking for excuses to quit, to walk away from our resolutions.

Perhaps this is why fewer and fewer people make serious New Year’s resolutions, but instead resolve to do the same things they’ve been doing, perhaps even indulging more in their favorite vices.

If your resolutions are just in fun – then shoot for the moon. If, however, you plan to make serious resolutions, allow me to caution you to count the cost. You should consider both time and monetary investments before making your resolutions.

If you have neither the time nor the money for your pursuit, be it anything from a new exercise routine to simply reading more books, you are setting yourself up for failure. For far too many of us, that first failure often results in quitting all together. Hence, the reason why so many do not even bother to make resolutions in the first place.

Whether or not you make New Year’s resolutions, may you have a happy and prosperous 2018.

Finally, I would like to share my personal resolution regarding this paper. I resolve to listen as well as speak (well, write).

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