"Our resolutions are not failed acts of the will, but successful acts
of the imagination. You will not enrol in a doctoral programme and
spend more time with your kids and lose 20 pounds in 2011 just by
resolving to do so. But you will be far more doomed to fail--and far
more emotionally impoverished--if you never even dream up those plans
in the first place.
"That's why our resolutions, even at their
most delusional, strike me as the best possible way to start a new
year. They bring us back in contact with all the phantom versions of
ourselves, those reverse ghosts that haunt our future, waiting to be
embodied. Just as other forms of wrongness as optimism propel us out of
bed the morning after a wasted day, our annual resolutions propel us
into a new year, hopeful all over again that we will be better people
in the days to come."
- Kathryn Schulz
at The Guardian
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