Another chance to get it right

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What if by some quirk of time travel, on New Year’s Eve you could redo the past year, and get things right this time? Or perhaps it would be better just to take your lumps, head on into 2014 and vow to do things differently, or at least to the best of your ability and personal resolve.

That’s pretty much what new year’s resolutions are about. And although they’re a stale joke to some, and simply dismissed by many, there is something psychologically appealing about a fresh slate reserved for improvements.

It actually can be the beginning of something productive, and for most of us the goals are such basic things as losing weight, getting fit, possibly getting a bad habit under control, such as smoking, drinking too much or swearing.

Think about the possible resolutions for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who was voted by many outlets as newsmaker of the year in this country.

He could give up drinking, he could give up smoking crack – that one time he smoked crack. That’s a couple of things the mayor could work on, plus maybe a head start on his next mayoral campaign, since that could prove a tricky, uphill battle.

Then there are the members of the Upper House at the heart of the Senate scandal.

For a politician dipping into public funds more than he or she is entitled to, would the resolution be to never do that again, because it’s unethical, or would it be to just not get caught next time? Now that’s a thinker.

For most of us average joes and jills, however, the challenges ahead will probably be a little more mundane, a little less daunting. And there’s never a bad time to get started on eating better foods, getting out for a walk and tackling the bad habits – with the understanding it’s worth doing year-round.

That’s not newsmaker of the year material. But, let’s face it, most of us would rather not be in the headlines.

This is also a good time to be thankful for the many blessings we have to help us on our way. Have a happy new year.

Organizations: Upper House

Geographic location: Toronto

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