I’m not thinking, of course, of any ability to keep festive determinations, just the way people persist in making them. As one year gives way to another, huge numbers are moved to commit themselves to some kind of self-improvement project. And unlike so many of our efforts after change, these aren’t directed outwards. No blaming of circumstances or all those difficult people around us, the necessity for change focuses specifically on us. At some level, it seems, we know that things aren’t right.