Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. –Philip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield

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I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. I mean, what is there about a resolution on New Year’s day that couldn’t just as well, if not better, be undertaken any day — like today? For example, if you’re a couch potato with overlapping buns, why wait until January 1 to start dieting and exercising?

Or, if you’re a nine months pregnant woman, why would you wait until a January 1st due date, when you could get to work now on producing a tax deduction for this year? Time is money! Really — which do you believe is more likely to deliver the goods: the title of this post, or the title of this song:

Still not convinced? Consider these pearls of wisdom; they won’t make you more resolute, but this article is too short for me to stop now (or it would be, if I were getting paid by the word):

New Year’s Day is now the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. –Mark Twain

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. –Oscar Wilde

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. –Anonymous

New Year’s resolutions should be taken with a grain of salt — and two aspirins. –Evan Esar

A man and his resolution are soon parted. –Evan Esar


13 comments on “ACT NOW!

  1. I could not have said this any better, mistermuse. Great post and it makes good sense. I did make three “New Year” resolutions in February of 2014. And I did keep two of them; still working on turning the jelly buns into buns of steel. Did I ever tell you that you are one of my favorite guys? No need to worry…I have several favorite guys., including my better half. He is not the jealous type, either.


  2. arekhill1 says:

    I’ll drink to that.


  3. mistermuse says:

    Cheers and good resolutions to you both. As a reward for your faithful patronage, you are each hereby granted free admission to my blog for the next 100 years (I’d make it longer, but my lease expires in 2114).


  4. ladysighs says:

    I always make them and wish that I could keep them.


  5. mistermuse says:

    I never break them (because I never make them).


  6. OOPS! this should read:
    I don’t usually make resolutions because it can cause brain confusions,
    Yet, this year my brain got creased; so I resolved to be not deceased.


  7. Don Frankel says:

    My New Year’s Resolution is to never make New Year’s Resolutions. I haven’t broken it yet.

    That’s a great I never heard it before recording from Sinatra. Way to go Muse.


  8. mistermuse says:

    Don, that Sinatra song is from a 1939 Charles Boyer/Irene Dunn film titled LOVE AFFAIR, which was remade in 1957 as AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, and remade again in 1994. Nowadays, it would be classified as a “chick flick,” but the original was well done (six Academy Award nominations) and still holds up fairly well. I haven’t seen the remakes.


    • Muse, I don’t recall seeing the original LOVE AFFAIR with Mr. Boyer and Ms Dunn but I may have. I am a big fan of TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES. I did enjoy Frank Sinatra’s songs you posted awhile ago. I think I am giving away my birth certificate age. However I still like Michele is 39. I think the one song Sinatra sangYOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG plus the way he stylized it is just an incredible sign of how very talented he was.
      I am glad you have these recordings; please keep them until you are 100, Capisz?


  9. mistermuse says:

    I heard on the news yesterday that LPs are making a comeback. If that continues, all my Sinatra LPs may actually be worth some money (not that I plan on getting rid of them).


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