That’s not to say I can’t regroup at any time and point myself back in the right direction. I suppose I could floss my teeth 20 times today to catch up for the year so far, but that doesn’t quite capture the intent or the spirit of the daily flossing goal.
We are often advised to take life one day at a time. Seems like a good idea. If I “blow” my annual resolutions in the first month of the year, I could spend the next 11 months feeling like a failure. On the other hand, if I fail to do something for one day, I can go to bed and wake up eight hours later with a new opportunity for success. I like the latter scenario much better.
I came across an online calculator that can tell us how many days it is between any two dates. By inputting my birthday and today’s date, I can see that I’ve been alive for just over 19,000 days. If I live to be 100 (and why shouldn’t I?) that gives me about 17,500 more days to succeed at any given daily goal. That’s a lot of opportunity right there. I could go through a veritable mountain of dental floss in that amount of time. (Do 99-year-olds still floss daily?)
So I think I’m going to start setting “New Day” resolutions. Hmm, what opportunity should I take advantage of today? I think I’ll go floss while I decide.