Ringing in 2011 with a new resolution

Charlotte Guedry
James Robinson is on the lookout for a potential wife

With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions. The tradition of the resolution, as familiar as the drinking of champagne, the singing of Auld Lang Syne, or stealing a kiss at midnight, has served as the time of year people promise to be better than they were last year. Out with old, and in with the new, we say to ourselves. But where does this tradition come from?

Historians tell us there was once a mythical Roman king named Janus. January is, in fact, the month named after him. Janus wore a mask with two different faces, and once a year he held a ceremony when he put on the mask to look at past events - and forward to the future.

He soon became the symbol for resolutions. His followers attended the ceremonies, seeking forgiveness for past indiscretions, and asking for a prosperous future.

Present day resolutions tend to focus on improvement. We want to be thinner, healthier, smarter, funnier, or all around better people. Our intentions are good when we make the resolutions, and we promise to stick to whatever we’ve chosen. Unfortunately, the breaking of the New Year’s resolution is as famous as the resolution itself.

The Weekly Citizen asked people around Gonzales what they had chosen for 2011 New Year’s resolutions. The answers were a collection of personal goals, and ways to make life a bit better for everyone.

“My resolution is to graduate so I can get to college,” said Tylan Tilford. “Doing my best in school is important for me.”

“I just want to get further ahead this year than last,” said Kristy Castille. “I want to achieve goals I’ve set in the past that I haven’t managed to reach yet.”

James Dubansky felt that looking out for others was important. “I want to give back to the community more than I currently do,” he said. “Oh, and to become more health conscious.”

Sandra Robbins felt that she may not make one this year. “I don’t think I’ll go through with a resolution. I’ve been so bad at keeping them in the past,” she said.

Angela Lambert felt a need to have a brighter outlook for 2011. “I want to be able to exude more hope in everything that I do,” she said.

Clara Johnson and Patricia Guidroz thought that getting more involved in their faith was an important resolution to make. “I just want to get closer to God and do his will,” said Johnson. “I want to read my Bible more,” said Guidroz. She also added, “and if I don’t have the money for something, it’s going to stay on the shelf.”

Jeremy Fatherree and Blaine Tiller both thought that health was an important focus. “I want to quit smoking,” said Fatherree. “I want to lose 30 pounds,” said Tiller.

“I’m going to be nicer to people,” said Linda Tiller. “I’m going to be less selfish and think more about others.”

“To find a wife,” said James Robinson.  His friend Henry Williams decided his resolution would be “to relocate back from L.A. to LA.”

As New Year’s Eve approaches, people throughout the parish will be thinking long and hard about their resolutions. Some may even be kept this year!

Kristy Castille hopes to accomplish all of the goals she sets for herself