New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Eve is when most people make New Year’s Resolutions, and that’s fine. Just don’t beat yourself up about them. This picture from Facebook says it all. You may struggle, but don’t quit, and I added don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make it. As long as you try, and always do your best.

Struggle but don't Quit

I am like most other people on New Year’s Eve, I make New Year’s Resolutions. And like most other people, I seldom ever carry them out through the whole year. I start out like a ball of fire, and end up like a puff of smoke. But, I don’t quit. I keep smoking. Like the picture says, “You may see me struggle, but you will never see me quit.”

My strength may be almost gone, but as long as I have any strength and have breath in me, I will keep trying. But if I don’t succeed, I don’t beat myself up about it. I know that at any given time, I am doing my best. And nobody can expect me to do any better that my best.

You may see me on a day when my strength is weak and think that I am not trying, but believe me, I am giving it all I’ve got for that particular day. You may even tell me that you have seen me do much better than what I am doing at that time. That may be true. The difference is that when you saw me doing much better, my strength was not so weak, but rather strong for that day.

We need to be good to our self. If we aren’t, who will be. Other people tend to be critical when they don’t think that we are doing our best. On those days, I really want to say, “If you think that you can do any better than what I am doing right now, then you need to walk in my shoes for the rest of the day and possibly even the week. You will see I am doing my best.”

None of us ever knows what the other person is going through until we try to put our self in their place. If the other person is in a wheelchair, try to imagine yourself in a wheelchair and consider all of the obstacles that you may face being in that wheelchair. If the other is from a different country, imagine yourself in another country and think about all the problems that you could face. We all just need to be more considerate of each other. But we especially need to be considerate of our self.

Go ahead and make the New Year’s Eve Resolutions, and start the year out trying to accomplish them. Just make ones that are doable and not ones that are astronomical and almost unreachable by anyone. Don’t try to be super human with what you want to accomplish in the new year.

Just think about what I have said. But do have a very Happy New Year!

I even wrote a poem about not quitting, and it won an Honorable mention in a poetry contest. The poem is below.


Winners never quit and quitters never win,

For if you’re a quitter then you’ve stopped trying and given in.

A fighter never won a fight without delivering a powerful blow

A runner never won a race by running very slow

This is how it goes in everyone’s life

Even in the middle of turmoil and strife

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Is a phrase that helps people do a lot of growing

They say “The best things in life are free.”

And that “No one ever said the way would be easy.”

There are so many different walks in life,

Here too you have to decide what for you will be right.

If by chance the first one you choose doesn’t work,

Don’t be a quitter, but a winner and for another one look.

For you can’t give up if you want to win,

Because winners never quit and quitters never win!


Bonnie Jean

November 11, 1989

This poem won an Honorable Mention March 31, 1991 from the World Of Poetry.