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News article created on 3 January 2014

A brand new day

My attitude towards New Year’s resolutions is apathetic at best. I base this on the fact that if it takes a particular date in the diary, which happens only once in any twelve months, for you to decide to do/not do something then the likelihood of that lasting the test of time is slim to none.

I believe my views are realistic rather than pessimistic but you’re very welcome to correct me if you think I’m wrong.

Yesterday, after returning from a really rather lovely festive break, I had a conversation with a likeminded colleague about what appeared on our 2014 'To Do' lists. 

Sounds very much like New Year’s resolutions, you say.  No, I don’t agree at all and I'll tell you why.

You see, the fundamental distinction is achievability.  Appearing on our lists were a number of smaller, more realistic and (largely) obtainable tasks.  We weren’t looking to change our behaviour per se, just to give ourselves the best chance of getting to 31st December 2014 and being able to look back and say “what a year that was!”     

But, driving to work today, I took some time to think about what my resolutions for 2014 would be…If I were that way inclined, of course.  I came to the conclusion that I had only two.  They’re both equally important and would set me in very good stead for the year ahead.  

  1. Seize each and every brand new day

and;

  1. Regularly do something that makes me proud

They’ll do for now.  I think. 

What's more, I also know that at least thirty nine of you are most likely to agree with my first resolution because I've had a sneaky look and see that you’ve chosen to name your boats Carpe Diem.

So, I’m in very good company indeed.

About this blog

Sarina Young

Sarina joined us in 2008 as our customer services co-ordinator. Among other things, she manages our national customer service team, complaints procedure and requests for information made to the Trust. She says that the most important thing to her is to be able to go home and feel as though she’s achieved something, however small that might be. Her job is hugely satisfying, widely varied, full of deadlines, immensely interesting, sometimes challenging and no day is ever the same, although some are surprisingly familiar!  

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