Sunday, 9 January 2011

That time of year again...New Year's Resolutions

I thought at first I might check and see what I had written in previous years about resolutions and then I decided that I would write this first and then check back to see what I had written before.  So, here goes!

I don't believe that New Year's resolutions are worth writing.  However, I do think that it is important at some point in the year to reflect on where you are in life. 

So here are some reflection since I started this post: (January 23rd)

1. Life seems to be going along quite nicely and then something happens and it all falls apart.  I know that you can't live life in expectation of things falling apart but it is good to be reminded that it can and probably will happen.  A close friend was forced to resign from her job due to untenable work conditions.  That in itself is bad but then her parents decided to visit her to give her support and say goodbye before she moved, they were involved in a horrific car accident in which her mother died.

2. No matter what you do, there will be consequences, either direct or indirect.  If my friend had been supported at work instead of being left to flounder, her parents would not have been coming to visit.  I suppose we can't dwell too much on possible consequences of everything we do, as we go through our lives, or we would be paralysed by in action.  However a little reflection would not go amiss. 

Action, reaction.  I hear those words...from a French film, I think but I don't remember which one.  Look at Tunisia.  A young man sets himself alight and the whole country follows, figuratively not literally!  Now the same is happening in other countries of Africa and the Middle East.  It would be nice to know what the 'reaction' would be in advance.