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Promises, promises

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CHINA CONSTRUCTS | Louise Nichole Logarta

Making New Year resolutions has been a time-honored tradition, especially during my early years of life. Ringing in the new year was a magical time, when you have a chance to turn over a new leaf, your slate is wiped clean and everything is shiny and possible.


As more new years have come and gone, I realized (as did my peers) that resolutions are easier said than done. It’s easy to say “This year, I resolve to sleep earlier”, “I resolve to save more money”or “I resolve to meet up with my friends regularly”. Precisely because it’s so hard to keep the promises we make even just to ourselves, some of my friends don’t make any at all.


But while some did not, others did. The mere fact that they did reflect that hope, indeed springs eternal. One of them said that she just tries to be better than she was, while another had more concrete plans: listen to audio books or read for leisure more often, and create a capsule wardrobe.


“It’s pretty cool as a concept and it helps you declutter!” she enthused.


Personally I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions since I was in high school. But in the uncertain times we live in, maybe it’s not such a bad idea to start making them again. They can serve as goals to focus on and get us through the coming year and things to remind us to be grateful for the people around us and the material wealth we may have. We could also resolve to vote according to our conscience, and not leave our next six years up to the promises of candidates who have not proved themselves in the past.


Whatever we resolve to do this year, maybe the best thing to do is to make it count.


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