Every year I promise to keep the holiday decorations small. And every year I need more shelf space or another plastic bin.
This year, we had just enough space for the metal skeleton tree that I brought home from Belton. I’d show you a picture but it just doesn’t photograph well. Trust me, in real life it is tres cool!
This year, once again, as I packed away four bins and three shelves with holiday stuff, I resolved never again. And that made me think about New Year Resolutions.
Last year – 2015 – I resolved to complain more. That worked out pretty well in more ways than one. It was the right resolution to make. Because I didn’t promise to diet, I didn’t binge eat in February. Because I didn’t promise to exercise more, I didn’t stop walking in March. And most important, I gave up on gardening resolutions, which kept me from giving up gardening!
Instead. I complained my way through 2015. Some neat stuff happened as a result.
Let’s see… I had two calls from vice presidents at my Internet Service Provider to tell me there was nothing to be done about the goofed-up email service. Does that seem like nothing? Did I gain anything?
Well yes. As a result of putting my name out there, the Internet folks were johnnie-on-the-spot when I had a wiring problem that interfered with Wi-Fi. Fixing my problem was better than listening to me complain again.
I complained to the retina specialist’s office manager about an over-charge, and received a refund for both the overage and the check that unbeknownst to me they cashed twice. That was nice.
I returned no fewer than ten and no more than twenty items to Amazon. I also wrote any number of one- or two-star recommendations for subpar things I bought. A couple of times I received a very nice exchange. A complaint to the insurance company (okay, it was Jim complaining) resulted in a 3 percent discount. I found a local dentist who charged a lot less for cleanings than my long-time dentist. I dropped ‘friends’ who made my life less than happy and discovered that life without them was almost like a vacation.
So, all in all, 2015 was a great year on the keeping resolutions front.
What did I learn? First and foremost, be careful when making resolutions!
I think in 2016 I will decorate the house once. Black candle sticks sound nice. Maybe with some seasonal ribbons…
Hope your 2016 is the best year ever!!