Little Gems

Have you ever asked yourself where and how did new year’s resolutions originate?
Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. This has become a tradition for thousands of years as a way of setting positive goals for ourselves to improve our quality of life or a way of breaking away from bad habits.

A 2018 study showed only 9.2% of all people who set resolutions actually reported feeling that they were successful in achieving what they set out to. In the same survey mentioned above, 37.8% of people in their 20’s reported achieving their resolution every year, while only 16.3% of those over 50 did. Studies also showed that those who achieved their resolutions have made a commitment while those that were less successful had just promised themselves they will do these things.

It’s a good chance your resolution will be one of the top three

  1.  Weight loss,
  2. Exercise more
  3. Stop smoking.

It may surprise you that eighty percent of resolutions will have failed by February and most by June.  So, before you invest money into a gym memberships and programs that help you lose weight, or quit smoking you need to be committed to your resolution.  So, if you can’t make the commitment don’t make the resolution and save yourself from stressing about it, getting depressed if you don’t honor, or meet your-self-motivated goals. If you can’t break tradition and must make a resolution make them obtainable and realistic.  Here are a few fail-safe resolution suggestions that can easily be achieved and have a positive impact on you and others.

  • Do a random act of kindness.  Next year commit to two random acts of kindness, and so forth…
  • Put your cell phone down while driving. Think about how many accidents can be avoided.
  • Donate to a charity or cause.  Next year donate to two charities, etc…

Visitor to Lake Geneva

Dr John Bair visiting Lake Geneva

Dr. John Bair, the nation’s leading expert in the field of PTSD, dines at Pier 290 on New Year’s Eve, with friends and family.

This drug store (that also retails a lot of other stuff) is one of the busiest in the nation. How did that come to be? There are pharmacies at Wal-Mart, Target and even at Aurora near the Pig. Why is this Walgreens so busy? The pharmacy counter used to have a window where a customer could stop and request a prescription be filled. It’s almost impossible to wait for a prescription to be filled at this pharmacy as the many pharmacists are so busy. Anyway, the pharmacy put up a sign that says customers now have to wait in the cashier line to order up a prescription. That means waiting through a line that can take 45 minutes or more, and then you don’t end up with your prescription until you come back t0 wait some more. Who’s got that kind of time in this day and age? That cashier counter also accepts and handles the sale of every other product the store sells. What a complete mess. The people there are nice and neat, while really looking and acting frayed and a bit rough around the edges.   Evidently, however, judging from the crowds there on mid-day, on New Year’s Eve, the place is certainly not losing business because people are walking out in frustration.

Business of the Week

Thrift-In Lake Geneva

This wonderful place….where most stuff is older but seems like its new!!! The Thrift-In is at 252 Center St, if you have not been there, you need to go!




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