The holiday period is officially ended! The last of the turkeys, hams, pork loins, chocolates, champagnes, fine wines, beers and such have most all been devoured and drank.
Have we put on a pound or several weightwise? Do we yearn to turn things around in this new year? This could include quitting smoking, more trips to the many local gyms in our Valley, and a more strict diet perhaps.
Not only weightwise, but could we even consider just being a little bit better of a person, and could we save a little bit more? Could our overall appearance be improved, and we even be more tolerant of the many happenings in our own personal and family lives?
These are all part of New Year's resolutions we could make even right now if we want. We all tend to want to improve our daily lives and look better and feel better, but usually by the month of March, those resolutions may have died in vain.
Most experts disagree with me and give the date of Jan. 30 for most resolutions to be done gone.
They say that the tradition of New Year's resolutions goes way back to 153 BC.
Janus, a mythical king of early Rome, was placed at the head of the calendar. With two faces, he could look back on past events and forward to the future. Janus, therefore, became the symbol for resolutions, and the Romans themselves looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year.
Jan. 1 actually became the beginning of the New Year in 46 B.C., when Julius Caesar developed a calendar that would be more accurate reflecting on the seasons than any other calendar. Now we have to agree that this was long before ''Auld Lang Syne,'' Guy Lombardo, Times Square and even Dick Clark were on the scene celebrating this grand holiday.
Did you know that Revolutionary war heroes Paul Revere and Mad Anthony Wayne were born on New Year's Day?
Getting back to resolutions: We all know that New Year's resolutions are just a basic commitment or a promise that we good people make to ourselves. These resolutions should be in effect until those so-called goals in the resolution are achieved. Should we want to make a wager on that one?
According to the website StatisticBrain.com, the top 10 New Year's resolutions for 2014 are: 1, lose weight; 2, get organized; 3, spend less, save more; 4, enjoy life to the fullest; 5, stay fit and healthy; 6, learn something exciting; 7, quit smoking; 8, help others achieve their dreams; 9, fall in love; and 10, spend more time with family.
Do you agree? Which resolutions would you make?
Also according to the Statistic Brain folks: 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year's Resolutions; 39 percent of Americans absolutely never make New Year's Resolutions; and 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolution.
Thirty-nine percent of people in their 20s achieve their resolution each year; only 14 percent of people older than 50 actually achieve their resolutions each year.
So hopefully, those of us who make these resolutions actually stick to them and at the end of the year are successful. After all, it's sort of a journey into time with pleasant results or nothing lost, nothing gained. It would be very nice to see the percentage of people in that drab 8 percent of people who are successful in achieving their resolutions jump right up there to at least 50 percent.
C'mon seniors, that 14 percent of people older than 50 that achieve their resolutions has to get better! Let's go for it!
Happy New Year!