Two Phrases I Could Live Without

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Two phrases I could live without: “New Year’s Resolutions” and “Falling Off the Wagon.” What don’t I like about them? I’ll start with New Year’s Resolutions:

First, it seems to me New Year’s Resolutions are an attempt to get us to do something we really don’t want to do (though we “think” we should). That may not always be the case, but if it is: no wonder so many “fall off the wagon.”

Second, if you really want to do something, why wait until the first of the year? Go ahead and do it.

Now, about that phrase, “falling off the wagon.” I dislike that phrase even more than “New Year’s Resolutions.” Why? It implies to me I have to do something perfectly. And if I don’t? “Well I’ve blown it again you sorry loser!”

The reality is, unless you’re doing brain surgery, perfection is not necessary. So when you’re doing something that is not in line with your resolution, don’t think of it as “falling off the wagon.” Think of it as a bump in the road. You’re still on the wagon, the road you’re on is just a little rougher than you’d like.



Lonnie Carbaugh

Lonnie Carbaugh, LPC, NCC,  is a Behavioral Health Counselor at Full Plate Living who has shed and kept off 25 pounds since working for Full Plate Living. He is as dedicated about walking 5 miles a day as he is about his favorite sport, baseball.

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