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Nineteen Ninety-Nine

Resolutions for the New Year

Published January 4, 1999, in The Post-Standard.

By Dr Kamal Jabbour, Contributing Writer

Resolutions to become better people in a better world usher the coming of each New Year. Sure, we can resolve to run hills, lift weights, lose weight, eat nuts and take naps. Yet, far from bringing us happiness, such resolutions perpetuate the myth that a New Year requires "more" from each of us.

On the contrary, a New Year is a time to recognize our successes, count our blessings, and carry on doing what we do best. Nevertheless, expanding our horizons and adding a little variety make good resolutions. Thus, my picks of New Year resolutions seek to transform us into faster racers and slower runners. For it is by taking time to smell the roses that we leave our footprints on a better world.

Kamal Jabbour runs and writes on the hills of Pompey, New York. His RUNNING Column appears in The Post-Standard on Mondays. He maintains The Syracuse Running Page and receives email at

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