Remembering some of my old resolutions

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Be careful with using the word “new” when making your 2020 New Year Resolutions. According to an 1800s German materialistic philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach the “new” comes from exactly that quarter whence it is not looked for, and is always different from what is expected.
Remembering some of my own previous resolutions I find few of them were solid enough pledges to last more than a few weeks. In fact, it appears it could be a simple matter if I just renewed those old pledges. However, this year I vow to do better and add a few “new” resolutions and hope for the best of the good “news.” My 2020 New Year Resolutions carry a lot of “hope” on my part -- Hope that the resolutions turn out to be good resolutions for me as well for those who surround me.
In simple and serious terms with none being too earth shattering, here are some of those new 2020 New Year Resolutions:
May I know the difference between trivial concerns and serious worriment.
May all the dogs and cats housed at the Aurora Adopt-A-Pet shelter be adopted and go to their forever homes.
May I learn to grill perfect steaks on our outdoor patio grill without the need for my meat thermometer.
May I not make too many changes from my 2019 lifestyle because I enjoyed a good 2019.
May my 12-year old second car keep running economically because it now has become a part of our family.
May the TV channels still feature some of the western movies with John Wayne as the star.
May our national politicians make a joint 2020 compromising New Year Resolution of their differences that will not divide our nation’s citizenry.
As I wrapped up my resolution list I asked the Betterhalf a few days ago if she had any suggestions of other resolutions I should make.
Sorry, she’s still writing out the long list which missed my column’s publication deadline.
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Oh, Yes! Here’s a 2020 Resolution from our family to yours: “We hope you have the year 2020 full of friendships, family love and good health. Happy New Year!”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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