I’ve talked about this before, but, I agree with Dilbert almost one-hundred percent on the topic of New Year’s Resolutions – it would be 100% if not for some late-night thinking recently where I realized that being so dogmatic on this date doesn’t actually do anything except come off as judgmental.
So, even though it might be the “worst” holiday ever, it is still very useful for many of us (including me!) because it demands us to consider what our resolutions (i.e. goals) are and why we have them in the first place.
I mean, the fact that I’m even spending any time writing about it is proof-positive of that fact!
The way I see it now is that if artificial dates (and superficial holidays) allow us to entertain and reflect on ideas and issues that are (and/or should be) important to us then they have some fundamental value to them and we should be open to not only being less critical of them but also open to what those opportunities of reflection might be.
The fact is that some people need these types of dates and holidays to jump-start critical thinking and necessary introspection and who am I to judge that dynamic? I really don’t have any right and it’s nothing short of arrogance.
So now, I look forward to the New Year and even the resolutions that many folks may have because I know that these moments in time may end up being, possibly, the most pivotal event in their lives and I’d never want to take that opportunity or possibility away from them.
Because, if I did, I’d be directly stifling personal progress and, as a consequence, corporately retarding the betterment of our society and human species. If folks find these moments in time to make themselves and their surroundings better then I’m 100% for that.
The worst holiday ever may actually be one of the most promising.