We all make them. Some are obtainable like "sleep at least eight hours a night" and others are not always so obtainable like "run a marathon."
In 2011, my younger daughter made a lofty list of resolutions. Or so I thought. To her kind soul, they seemed very reasonable.
We posted them on her bulletin board where they still remain today as we enter another new year. I've kept them up mostly because they are so simple that they serve as good reminders not just to her, but to me as well. I see no need to make new ones because we're still working on these.
They are: "Save animals," "love others," "bring joy to others," "save the world," and "never give up."
"Mommy, which one is your favorite?" she asked me the other day.
"Wow, that's a tough one. I guess 'love others.' That one seems to be the most important," I said honestly.
"I think so too," she replied. "And it's also the hardest." You can't argue with an 8-year-old's wisdom.
So maybe my daughter's list is still in what appears to be in the unobtainable column on most days for me, but I plan to keep it up for another year. Maybe, just maybe, the list will shift into the obtainable realm with a little more conscientious effort on my part.
Chances are I will be writing some version of this same blog in 2013, and possibly, for many years to come. After all, I've never run a marathon and I can't remember the last time I slept eight hours in one night. So, my track record isn't all that good. But you can't blame a girl for trying.
Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including two on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.