This year, end the scrap-paper chase
Published: Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 11:41 p.m.
New Year's resolutions are brutal. Diet. Exercise. Quitting cigarettes, caffeine, booze-or, for the insanely ambitious, all three.
Resolutions require discipline, commitment and sacrifice. No wonder they're destined to fail.
Think about past Jan. 1 efforts at self-improvement. Not our best moments, right?
There's the inherent pain of deprivation and, if that's not bad enough, then comes the guilt of yielding to fat, lassitude and all our other frailties.
Why make ourselves miserable?
What if we didn't have to give up doughnuts? Or buy the nicotine patch? Or come up with the cash for a gym membership and a life coach?
Better yet, what if there were a New Year's resolution that, instead, of inducing guilt, could rid us of some?
How's this for a recommendation: Think small. The word for 2007 is downsize. This doesn't mean emptying a garage or even cleaning out a closet. We won't have to part with a single one of our precious collectibles.
Just get rid of that giant pile of magazines.
For months - or years - they've been taunting us to read, clip, file. It's that old feeling, guilt again, that comes from staring at the growing stack of whatever periodicals we never get around to looking at.
Sure, the intention was good. There's a load of useful information in those glossy pages that could make us better parents, more informed citizens, richer retirees. There are tips for buying the best digital camera, saving money on plane tickets to L.A. and preparing a gourmet dinner for 12 in an hour.
But the mere thought of paging through the pile to find what we're looking for is excruciating. Furthermore, whatever it is we need in that stack we will not be able to find.
How much more rewarding to bundle the magazines, hoist them to the curb or recycling bin and start fresh. Then sink back onto the couch, pop open a beer and order a pizza with everything. Happy New Year!
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