walked into the Flat Rock General Store Monday morning, Slim welcomed me
with a hello; then he followed that hello with a question. "Do you
know that ought seven is practically here?" At that moment, he
handed me a piece of butcher paper and a red marker.
do you want to give me yours?" He was referring to my New Year’s
resolutions. It was time again for that yearly tradition down at the
Flat Rock General Store – to post along the back wall, near the old
pot bellied heater and gathering area, the resolutions of any individual
near or far who is willing to participate.
clear that I had fallen behind; there were a bunch of New Year’s
resolution lists already posted. Includin’ most all The Store regulars
startin’ with Bro., Ms. Ida, The widow Cora, Essex, Farlow, Willerdean,
"Truth" and Estelle, my Daddy "pop" C.C., Heath and
Dustin, S.R., J.R., " Hatch" and Harley Hood. Of course, there
were lists from other community and area Flat Rock folk.
As I took
a quick scan of the list I was amazed at, no not the names, but the
length of many of the lists. It appeared that many of the names with
their attached lists were more like a personal confession of their
failures in 2006. I don’t think there was a single individual list
with less than a dozen resolutions for 2007.
one resolution on all the lists on the wall, and you can probably guess
what that particular one was – yes dieting. Some were more specific,
lose twenty, thirty pounds.
favorite was exercise, combined with lose weight – one listed fifty
pounds plus. Yes, exercise was on several of the already posted list.
to name any names, but there were all kinds of listed resolutions. They
included a lot of varied topics: political, religious, personal, family,
money, food, cooking, work, sports, companionship, hunting, travel and
many many more.
attached list contains some of the more routinely used/posted
resolutions and just might offer something for you to draw from, that is
if you yourself are into resolutions.
this list comes from all those list posted down at the Flat Rock General
Store and not from me or any other single person or an individual list.
DIET/LOSE WEIGHT, VARYING AMOUNTS
EXERCISE/LOSE WEIGHT, AS MUCH AS FIFTY POUNDS
COMPANIONSHIP – NOT MARRYING JUST SPENDING TIME TOGETHER
GO TO CHURCH MORE
EAT OUT LESS/COOK AT HOME
SAVE SOME MONEY/SPEND LESS
DON’T SWEAR OR CUSS
BE A BETTER PERSON, HOME/WORK
WORK TO KEEP ALABAMA A RED STATE OR MAKE IT A BLUE STATE
HUNT LESS, OR CARRY THE WHOLE FAMILY
MAKE FEWER TRIPS TO TOWN/SAVE GAS
PRAY MORE, FOR SELF, MILITARY AND U.S.A.
TRY TO KEEP SEVENTY PERCENT OF MY RESOLUTIONS IN 2007
MAKE A SHORTER LIST NEXT YEAR.
interest of time you might just want to check a few from the list above,
maybe add two or three of your own, sign it and put it a safe place.
During the year, pull it out from time to time just to see how you are
holding up in 2007. But only if you are into yearly resolution lists.
December of 2007 rolls around we will do it all over again down at the
Flat Rock General Store.
THINK GOOD MEMORIES!!!
Joe Potter is a former
vocational agriculture teacher, FFA advisor and retired county agent