Woody Guthrie’s 1942 Resolutions at Shoplet!? by Jessica Hodges
At the eve of every new year, millions upon millions of resolutions are made. And yet, as we leave January behind, we often find ourselves making exceptions, here and there, to whichever resolutions we made on that (likely) intoxicated and celebratory night. “I promise to gossip less,” you say to yourself. But then, while sipping your coffee in the breakroom, you overhear an acquaintance talkin’ smack about someone whom you already happen to find unpalatable, which prompts you to text your pal and, errr, uhhh…here we go again!
It’s not that your inability to follow through with your resolutions makes you a noncommittal type of person. It’s more often the case that the very resolution you made is a high hurtle for someone like yourself to jump. When you’re socialized to behave in a certain way, you can’t just promise to yourself that you’ll make these particular habits disappear. The parts of ourselves that we don’t necessarily hold in high esteem tend to linger, taunting and luring us with their tempting appeal. We know that it’s bad to gossip, but it just feels so darn good to be “in the know” of it all, ya know?
This is not to say that you’re statistically likely to let your resolutions fall to the wayside. I’ve got no facts on me to make a suggestion as grand and sweeping as that. What I can suggest to you, however, is to chill out and make a bunch of reachable resolutions.
What I love about Woody Guthrie’s New Years Resolution List, 1942, is that it’s so sincere. The man behind “This Land is Your Land” is not seeking to shed his skin and get frustrated with his “former” self (a self that’s gossipy, or tends to overeat, etc.); rather, he wants to feel more comfortable in it.
Anyways, I decided to have a bit of fun with Mr. Guthrie’s resolutions. Most of what he aims to achieve is utterly priceless, but a few of his resolutions can, surprisingly, be achieved via Shoplet! Shoplet’s scope of over 400,000 products makes fulfilling Woody Guthrie’s 1942 resolutions somewhat attainable :)
1. Work more and better
2. Work by a schedule–> Weekly/monthly planner
3. Wash teeth if any –> Tooth brush + tooth paste
4. Shave –> Razors
5. Take bath –> Medline Soothe & Cool No Rinse Shampoo and Body Wash
6. Eat good — fruit — vegetables — milk –> Healthy eating and recipe books
7. Drink very scant if any
8. Write a song a day –> Keep notebook handy
9. Wear clean clothes — look good –> Laundry detergent
10. Shine shoes
11. Change socks
12. Change bed cloths often
13. Read lots good books –> House your books in a bookshelf
14. Listen to radio a lot –>Radios!
15. Learn people better
16. Keep rancho clean
17. Dont get lonesome –> Call your friends & loved ones
18. Stay glad
19. Keep hoping machine running
20. Dream good
21. Bank all extra money
22. Save dough –> Shop at Shoplet!
23. Have company but dont waste time –> Clocks!
24. Send Mary and kids money –> Necessary mailing materials
25. Play and sing good
26. Dance better
27. Help win war — beat fascism
28. Love mama
29. Love papa
30. Love Pete
31. Love everybody
32. Make up your mind
33. Wake up and fight
As you can tell, much of what Woody Guthrie aims to achieve in 1942 has more to do with sustaining and valuing the emotional spirit. Some of his resolutions are lifelong challenges (especially #32!), but most of them involve taking pride in achieving everyday tasks.
Well, I hope that you feel as refreshed by Mr. Guthrie’s 1942 resolutions as I did.
And don’t be shy! Let us know what you think about his resolution list in the comments below!
Have a great day, everyone :)