|I resolve that next year drawings of me will|
exercise at least three times a week.
The lack of resolutions has serious economic implications. The fitness club industry, which is the linchpin of the national fabric's foundation, depends for survival on the sudden burst of new memberships between January and February. By March, those members have drifted away, but the gym has gotten enough extra revenue to see it through the lean months; meanwhile Krispee Kreme and Duncan Donuts get a huge boost in business as fitness backsliders finally give up and buy themselves a dozen who-the-hell-did-I-think-I-was-fooling glazed donuts.
America's already fallen behind China. Also Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Germany, and Iceland. If we don't want to fall behind Luxembourg as well, everyone needs to make a resolution this year, however small. Make a little resolution, such as "I resolve to eat the rest of those candied almonds." The time has come to step up to the plate and wipe the cobwebs from the linchpin of the foundations of our national fabric.