‘Resolve’ is the key to New Year’s resolutions

I admit – it has been a long time since my

last resolution.

For the really young me, my resolutions

were simply desires – “I want to have a horse.

I want to have a dog. I always had a cat.”

For the still young but much more serious

me, New Year’s resolutions were a “good”

way to select the most important life changes

– what to address with the personal goals of

being more happy and healthy. Maybe even

becoming a millionaire at 30 by winning the


And I still wanted that horse…

I once went for acupuncture to quit smoking

– again – because someone told me how

he never wanted another cigarette again after

the quivering needles were placed, left awhile

and then painlessly removed. Later as I drove

through town, I grew very curious about how

my brain and my body might react if I did

have a cigarette? Would my subconscious

reject it like an alien baby? The answer was

“NO. It did not.”

A lesson learned, though, is that the really

large, difficult goals just aren’t appropriate

for offhand gestures like making New Year’s

resolutions. They take a lot more dedication

over many more days (or years) than one can

muster on Jan. 1, especially after ringing in

the New Year.

Because I’ve been so lax about “resolutions,”

perhaps looking into the word itself

could give me inspiration

for more realistic struggles

toward my goals.

Looking into “resolve”

as the foundation, I’m

more than a little intimidated.

“Resolve” comes

from Latin for “‘re-’ (expressing

intensive force)

plus solvere ‘loosen.” In

late Middle English, it

means to dissolve, disintegrate

and solve a problem,

dispute or contentious matter.”

To examine an idea with

great intensity and then

turn it into a clear solution,

according to the online Oxford


No wonder we have

so much trouble keeping

our resolutions – they

are meant to solve much

weightier problems (or “contentious matters”)

than we can fix on our one day off. Making

one resolution alone could mean one dedicated

notebook, plenty of pens and coffee.

Examining my everyday life to list several

“contentious matters” is not all that difficult,

what with my disregard for the alarm clock

every morning, my preference for three cups

of coffee with a cigarette for each, and my

tendency to dress for comfort rather than

style. But none of these are calling out to

me as weighty enough for the true spirit of

a New Year’s resolution. Meaning, I don’t

mind being like that!

But in the spirit of today being January 1,

I can pose several resolutions that I can seriously

work very diligently to resolve and

SnoTel Report – Monday, Dec. 31

Basin Site Name

Elev. (ft)

Snow Water Equivalent Total Precipitation

Current Average % Avg Current Average % Avg


Big Sandy Opening 9080 4.3 5.8 74 5.4 6.2 87

Blind Bull Sum 8650 7.7 9.0 86 6.9 9.3 74

East Rim Divide 7930 3.7 4.3 86 4.6 5.4 85

Elkhart Park G.S. 9400 4.6 5.7 81 5.7 6.3 90

Gros Ventre Summit 8750 3.6 6.1 59 4.1 6.1 67

Gunsight Pass 9820 4.5 6.0 75 6.9 6.4 108

Kendall R.S. 7740 4.2 4.8 88 5.2 6.5 80

Loomis Park 8240 5.6 6.5 86 7.0 8.0 88

New Fork Lake 8340 3.7 4.5 82 4.1 5.1 80

Pocket Creek 9360 6.0 -M * 6.8 -M *

Snider Basin 8060 4.5 5.1 88 6.4 6.5 98

Spring Creek Divide 9000 8.4 10.0 84 10.1 10.7 94

Triple Peak 8500 8.6 8.2 105 10.9 10.9 100

Basin wide percent of average 83 88

‘Resolve’ is the key to New Year’s resolutions

thus they deserve to be on the list as my New

Year’s resolutions for 2019.

1. I hereby resolve to not ask a certain

rancher I know why he just did what he did,

because offering my advice is certainly “contentious.”

2. I hereby resolve to not turn his underwear

pink in the wash.

3. I hereby resolve to never serve chicken

and pretend it is beef.

4. I hereby resolve to give my horse as

many treats as it takes to bring him racing to

the gate so I don’t have to walk the length of

the pasture.

5. I hereby resolve to do the very best I

can to try and be a good person for one more