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For many of us, our New Years resolutions seem to resemble carbon dating – where we can establish the date of our resolution by how many “half lives” it has had. Here are some examples:

2003: I will read at least 10 books a year.

2004: I will read 5 books a year.

2005: I will finish Portals of Prayer from 2006

2006: I will read some articles in the newspaper this year.

2007: I will read at least one article this year.

2008: I will try and finish the comics section this year.

Or for those of you who are constantly worrying about your weight:

2004: I will follow my new diet religiously until I get below 200.

2005: I will try to develop a realistic attitude about my weight.

2006: I will work out 5 days a week.

2007: I will work out 3 days a week.

2008: I will try to drive past a gym at least once a week.

Or for those of you with money issues:

2002: I will not spend my money...

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