Time is eulogised by philosophers, thinkers, historians and the like. Constantly moving forward tirelessly, it waits for none. Time neither looks back nor repents; it never bothers about anyone’s comments, positive or otherwise. And on account of all these traits, it has brought another New Year at our doorstep.
This brings New Year resolutions and an old joke to mind. A man was scribbling something on a piece of paper. To his wife’s query concerning this, he replied, “New Year resolutions!” She at once opened a cupboard and taking out a paper, told him, “Oh, you need not bother my dear; they are all here on last year’s list.”
Days after the onset of the New Year, my friend Jhikki happened to visit me. Accustomed to her candid talk, I ventured to observe, “I have been contemplating preparing a New Year resolutions list; now that you are here let’s draw it up together.”
She was surprised and curious. “What’s so different this time that you want to resort to such a futile exercise?” “I don’t know but I too want to indulge myself by doing what people across the world practise.”
Jhikki agreed to be my party on the condition that the pursuit won’t be merely for cosmetic purposes but shall be acted upon by us. “The first resolution can be about time; we need to value it above anything else, we will never waste time, neither our own nor anyone else’s,” I began.
We discussed problems of environmental pollution, littering, disobedience of rules and wastage of resources. We also deliberated on ways to check malpractices to make our planet a better place.
Jhikki observed, “Basically, we need to associate our actions and behaviour with our dignity; we can feel proud of our refined habits. Such vibes can make our country a better place. Then we too will be talked about like the developed nations and their standard of living.”
Jhikki’s ideas never fail to impress me due to her practical approach. I could only respond warmly, “Really, what an enviable situation to be in; it can be ours by just becoming conscious towards our duties and slight changes in our apathetic attitude.” Laughing heartily, Jhikki confessed, “The effort wasn’t so fruitless after all.”
I was reminded of National Speakers Association founder Cavett Robert’s statement, “Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.