Resolutions 2014
26 December, 2013
Resolutions 2014
The Christmas Day is much, much bigger in America than the first day of New Year. Christmas is everything with its sales, presents, feasts and family reunions – not as much in its religious content though any more. Sorry, but the Christmas and New Year commercialism has overpowered anything that is called faith. New Year in the States is something pointedly trivial, meaning nothing more than a start of the arriving New Year. People would even go to work in
America if the 1st of January falls on a weekday. The only thing that makes a New Year meaningful in the United States is the New Year’s Resolutions.
This might sound a little funny to us, the former Soviets, because in those times the Christmas celebration was simply prohibited, and the New Year festivity was elevated to the rank of the most joyful pastime of the year. The tradition still persists, and the ceremony of seeing the New Year in remains the greatest event of the year, although Christmas too has acquired more festive power than it used to have in the impious soviet age. I am not saying whether this is good or bad – I am simply making a statement of the fact, which practically should not be of any serious consequence. The New Year’s Resolutions is a good thing to make. Bravo, America! It could be a helper to a person who considers himself a man or a woman of his or her own word. You make a promise to yourself, to which you will be trying to stick in the duration of the New Year. It is presumed that the resolutions are dedicated to the enhancement of quality of life, and they are serving the purpose you need to see fulfilled until the year has expired. That’s all it is! Resolutions could also serve a kind of a contract between a person and life itself – a trial of personal willpower and stamina, or measure of one’s character – which might very well determine standard of living we are considering optimal for ourselves. I might make some resolutions too before this year is out and gone, but I am not so sure I want to turn it into a public domain. I would rather keep it to myself and sit on it until I see the 1st of January fulltime and full-size. Let us call it a matter of personal consideration. Why such a secrecy? Only because I tend to put a lid on the container of my personal strengths and weaknesses which need to be nursed by me carefully and without much ado and fuss. What I could suggest for public discussion instead is the New Year’s Resolutions for our beloved Georgia. There is so much to wish for and to resolve in the coming New Year in favor and to the benefit of this country! Following is my hypothetically made-up list of the New Year’s Resolutions for the government of Georgia to stick to:
* Improve economy and create more jobs
* Find wiser way to handle territorial integrity
* Invent political triangle from Georgia, Russia and America
* Make healthcare effective and affordable
* Overpower poverty
* Make pensions functional
* Let wages grow
* Find key to Russian-Georgian relations
* Strengthen human rights
* Restore justice
* Enhance education
* Stop runaway prices
* Make certain the membership in NATO and EU
* Boost freedom of speech
* Give more liberty to courts
* Lower communal service prices
* Mend roads all over the country
* Cut prices on gasoline
* Develop natural gas supply
* Correct architectural mistakes
Just imagine Georgia towards the end of 2014 if all these resolutions are fulfilled by Georgia’s current government! They might though. Well, trying would never hurt, as it is said.

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