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How About Following New Year's Resolution This Time Around


Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.

Joys of self-change outweigh the initial scare coming from inner resistance.

Joys of self-change outweigh the initial scare coming from inner resistance.

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.

-- Ernest Hemingway


They say: "Every journey has to start with that first single step"; while most of us are well familiar with reluctance to take it. If we could only skip the worst part to at least get a taste of those promised rewards. Well, here comes another chance with those new year's resolutions -- which don't necessarily mean new ones, but from who knows which January's inspiration. Now, there is something funny about all that -- namely, we are already changing, albeit not the way we were planning it. At least that means that we are not "stuck" with any previous version of self.

Another funny thing is, once that we are well into our journey, in a retrospect it always looks so much easier than we anticipated. From my own experience, once a chain smoker, now I am finding it ridiculous how I used to fuss over quitting. Indeed, we are masters at scaring ourselves silly. And that's good to know if we are considering a project involving a self-improvement in any area of life.

Whatever it may be, why scare ourselves if later on it will look like that proverbial "piece of cake". Working on our sense of humor may be the best first step in psyching ourselves up for that undertaking. Laughing at ourselves, at life, at our imperfections may be of enormous help. It's always our taking things too seriously what sabotages us from the very start.

The next two pieces of my prose in rhymes are touching both, our resolve to change, and our humor, which should give us almost a pleasurable kick in that reluctant ass by allowing all that to be seen on its bright side.

Cultivate Your Ideal-You

They tell you to accept yourself as you are

but it's not about buying a used vehicle "as is"

and while you can't turn it into a new model of car

with new model of you your self-esteem will increase.

People even take a pride in their staying same

by often holding so high their messed up head

mostly stuck in their unrewarding, boring game

not thinking of becoming someone else instead.

But why settle for givens if we can change

so many have done it, I've been doing it too

though it's not common, maybe even strange

but you are never stuck with this version of you.

You can lose some weight, do some facial gym

use positive affirmations, and smile much more

you can give your knee-jerk reactions good trim

becoming a better personality than ever before.

And there is so much more that you can do

competing with yourself of your yesteryear

how the life can change, you have no clue

replacing a dull sameness with lot of cheer.

Self-cultivating is really lots of fun

not an ordeal of torturous deprivation

much sooner than you're completely done

your persistence will deserve standing ovation.

Laughter Is Priceless, the Top Shelf Medicine for Healing the Whole Life

Laughter Is Priceless, the Top Shelf Medicine for Healing the Whole Life

If fate doesn't make you laugh, you just don't get the joke.

-- Gregory David Roberts

Our Precious Sense of Humor

I got chronically infected with a bug of humor

not from enjoying too much of wine or beer

if you would listen to my neighbors' rumor

I think some nice stories you would hear.

For, I may be responsible for our elevator laughter

breaking uncomfortable silence with a one liner

leaving in my neighbors good vibes long after

even putting a smile on a chronic whiner.

Store owners or cashiers are not spared

from my innocent and non-intrusive jest

a tone always well received and shared

as it's putting their own mood to a test.

Humorous exchange with strangers in park

always makes those walks particularly nice

while anything could really serve as a spark

from sensitivity to weather to new gas price.

Humor is undoubtedly a precious spice

improving something dull on our plate

and in health matters without a price

as it's simply making us feel great.

All other feelings make us complete

but our sense of humor is that true star

turning the taste of life into something sweet

and making good friends of whatever else we are.

This little for laughter practice; much more to be found on You tube

© 2020 Val Karas


Val Karas (author) from Canada on November 25, 2020:

Thank you, Bill, I admire your noble heart, as you're sending these wishes to someone who is not visiting much. Happy Thanksgiving to you too, old buddy!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 25, 2020:

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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