A brand new year is upon us! A blank slate. A fresh start. How great is that? We start the celebration with a toast. We wish all good things for everyone. It’s all good. Then, we yank out that timely tradition and set ourselves up for the next 365 days. What are we talking about? Why, none other than the New Year’s Resolution.
From an early age, we have learned that by proclaiming our many flaws and weaknesses at the beginning of every year and resolving to change them, we are on the road to becoming new, improved versions of ourselves. We at Knitting to Know Ewe ask, is this really the best idea? Maybe this tradition requires some rethinking. Resolutions are great and all, but not when it compromises a fundamental character trait.
Here is a case in point:
What if your New Year’s Resolution is to be more thrifty this year? You could certainly stand to tighten the old belt, right? No problem. You can do this. Piece of cake. Now there you are a week later, walking in the mall past one of your favorite shoe stores. You say to yourself, “Self, there is no harm in looking in the window.” Besides, you certainly aren’t going into the store. Just looking. Hold up –
What is that you see there in the window? Jimmy Choo heels 20% off! What??? They are really great, but…nope; not gonna bite. Your resolution is firm. It is solid. And you will be much happier sticking to it…but you’d be pretty happy in those shoes, too. In fact, you know you would do a happy dance if you had those shoes (and you’d look fabulous doing a happy dance in those shoes). But no. You are strong.
You turn to walk away, but what is this, now? Who is this lady and why is she looking at those beautiful shoes? Yep, she definitely is looking at those shoes. You peek over and, yes, it looks like she could very well be the same size as you. What if there is only one pair left? What if this is your last chance to ever buy a pair of perfect Jimmy Choo shoes? Is she going to take them? Hmmm…this woman looking at the shoes reminds you of someone. Oh yeah, your second cousin, Theresa. You never liked her. And she never liked animals. There is something wrong with a person who doesn’t like animals. Yep, there was definitely something wrong with Theresa. Bet the shoe lady doesn’t like animals either.
Why would you let her take the last pair of Jimmy Choo heels and be happy? She doesn’t deserve them. She must be a hater. Plus, you would look so much better than she would in those shoes. She doesn’t have the right vibe to wear those shoes, and you don’t like her personal ethics. She doesn’t like animals. Those shoes really are not right for her. Why, you would be doing her a favor by taking them. Better go in and grab them. You’re welcome, you soulless Theresa wannabe.
Of course, in a situation like the above, you can’t even feel good about your awesome purchase, because you now feel like you have let yourself and the world down. It’s sad, really. But, you wouldn’t have felt bad at all had you not made the resolution in the first place. So if you still want to keep this tradition going, we have a few suggestions. The rule of thumb is to set manageable resolutions. Want to be healthier? Don’t resolve to lose 50lbs, just resolve to drink more water! Or you could resolve to floss everyday, or water your plants more regularly. See where we are going with this? This way, you have an opportunity to feel successful and improved. Don’t set the bar so high that you feel bad about yourself, and a pervasive sadness takes over, and you are hurled into the Great Abyss of Failure. Not a very happy new year in store like that, is there?
(You know who never sets himself up for a New Year’s Resolution failure? That awesome guy, Thor. Of course, he doesn’t have any issues to resolve. He is that awesome.)
Another reason to be happy you don’t do the spending resolution is because we are having a Big Habu Sale Event! That’s right. From now to January 20th, Everything Habu is 30% off! Come in and load up on all the Habu you have always wanted. It’s beautiful stuff. (Don’t let that Theresa impersonator beat you out).
Our store will be closed from Friday, January 20th, and reopening on Wednesday, February lst.
(We will be at the TNNA Convention, buying more ridiculously great stuff.)
We also should mention that we just got a truck load of Madeline Tosh in DK, Lite, ASAP, Silk, and Pashmina. Lookey here:
So, to summarize: don’t make any big declarations this year, unless they are to seek out ways to be happy and appreciative of the superb individual that you already are.
And resolve to see us soon!
Happy New Year!
Diane and Christin