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John Masterson: Laugh and the world laughs with you

Working it Out

John Masterson

Published 28/12/2015 | 02:30

Have a laugh: Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Brown.
Have a laugh: Brendan O'Carroll as Mrs Brown.

I took the easy route last January and only made one New Year resolution. It probably doesn't even qualify as a resolution as it is fairly devoid of life-enhancing qualities. Or maybe not. I had for years let many summers pass without sleeping in a tent and was determined to stop the rot. There are those who might say that I set the bar very low. But at least I did it. Not in a howling gale. Not by the sea. But in a friend's garden on a sunny night after a delicious dinner. I woke up refreshed and delighted with my 'adventure'. Plus, I had learned a lesson. Do not bother with any self-improving resolutions. I have never kept any and am unlikely to begin now. Yes, there is plenty of room for improvement but I know that I am a frail human.

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When people set goals, we always hear that they should be achievable. I, for one, forget about the achievable and focus on the desirable.

That is, I focus on the 'most likely to fail' column. Having succeeded last year, I think I should take another baby step.

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