Dear Helen Hartman –
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I haven’t for a few years but am thinking of making some this year. Love to know what kinds of things you are resolving to do (or not do) in the coming year.
Dear Loved to Suggest Someone Resolve to Mind Their Own Beeswax about Resolutions One,
Resolutions? Helen does not believe in them.
|Well. This is awkward. Seems someone has forgotten Helen has no room for improvement.|
No, not that I don’t believe in MAKING them. I honestly don’t believe in them. Listening to people who do believe they seem as elusive as Bigfoot, improbable as winning the lottery, as much the stuff of fantasy as… Santa Claus?
|No, as fantastical as Helen accepting a vacuum as a GIFT!|
So instead I set goals for the coming year. But lately my goals from each year have begun to seem hauntingly familiar.
|Every year I swear I am going to stop piling my hair so high I can't hold my head up but then I find the Aqua Net and the giant daisies....|
If I were to classify those goals they would pretty much fall under the banner: Stuff I suspect would finally get my life together.
|Why don't I learn?|
But lately it seems to me that the people I have thought have it all together actually just have it all together so they can hide it better!
|Wow, I'd have never believed you could sweep so much crazy under one rug unless I'd seen it with my own eyes.|
I’ve come to think that maybe, just maybe, lives aren’t meant to be ‘together’. Like the saying goes. Life is messy.
|I know you're a girl so I'll go over this slowly. You use a scoop of the powder inside the box. Do not put the whole box inside.|
Make resolutions? If you must here are some premade ones for you.
I resolve: To be kinder.
|Yeah? Start by being kinder to our eyes and stop wearing that blouse with that skirt.|
More forgiving of faults.
|Next year I am going to try to see others through what I like to call my Magic "I Like You" Window. Also Magic I Like You Window will be my new code word for booze.|
More generous with my appreciation.
|Willis had no clue that terms like cup-winning and Zero King were anything but compliments. Poor guy never stood a chance of finding the much touted "hidden pockets"|
There you go. Now just print a few copies of these out and hand them to everyone in your life. Helen promises you, once you give up on trying to straighten yourself up and move on to trying to make others behave, things just have a way of working out for the better (for you - and that's what really counts, right?).