I did work on the torch yesterday, but nothing was worth taking a picture of. There are days like that. So I'll muse instead. Feel free to ignore my rambling on.
The new year is now over 3 months gone and how am I doing on my unofficial New Year's Resolution? Not perfectly. Have I benefited? Somewhat. Did making a resolution make a difference? I don't know, since I didn't actually resolve anything specific. Does making a resolution matter? What purpose does resolving serve on New Year's Eve or any other day?
I resolved unofficially to do better in 2011. Not anything specific, since I've had plenty of practice with weight loss and other resolutions. I have done better. I lost a ton of weight last year and even managed to lose 15 more pounds or so this year. The past 2 weeks haven't been a good example but I've been hitting the gymn and am quite a bit fitter. The house is reasonably dirty rather than extravagantly. I've been minimizing TV time. I have felt generally better.
The fact that I didn't make an actual resolution makes it easier to keep. If I had, say, resolved to lose 20 lbs. and vacuum twice a week and work out 5 times a week I would have failed, giving me the excuse to abandon the effort. This way, I can say I've made progress and continue to try.
New Year's resolutions are notoriously hard to keep, and are nonetheless important. They reflect a desire to be a better person.