In which I consider my New Year’s resolution …

With the dog days of post-Christmas December behind us it’s time to consider what changes in mind-set and behaviour I should be adopting in 2011.

Possibly I should try to lose a little weight. I have to say though that impending redundancy has had a beneficial impact on my heft. Pounds have fallen away. I was wondering if there was space in the market for the RPS R-Plan diet. Bit extreme though just to lose some weight.

I have more time now to spend on exercise so that’s another bonus of the R-Plan. So a resolution about getting fitter and thinner seems a bit superfluous.

I wondered if I ought to make a resolution about being more decisive. But I couldn’t make up my mind about it. And I’m definitely going to tackle my tendency to prevaricate – in February possibly or March when the nights really get out.

Perhaps I should try to be more tolerant in 2011. But the only thing I am really intolerant about is intolerance itself. Given the state of the world at the threshold of 2011 I think intolerance needs all the kicking we can give it.

I could take a vow to be tidier but I can hear Mrs RPS’s scepticism already. I have a little list too of all the DIY that needs to be done ahead of marketing our home. Being more effective around the house with the paintbrush and screwdriver needs no additional impetus from a resolution. (Besides that’s never worked in the past.)

No what I am looking for is an overall statement of intent and purpose that I can use in a variety of settings. You know, the sort of phrase you see as a strapline supporting corporate logos.

How about Christchurch Borough Council’s – where time is pleasant? Maybe not. Or a version of Gloucester Hospitals NHS FT’s vision – Improving health by putting patients at the centre of excellent specialist care. Tricky though to see exactly how I could make this work for me.

Of course it’s easy to have fun with public sector straplines and mottos. What would win an award in the private sector almost always wins a big raspberry in the public sector.

State Farm Insurance in the US has this strapline – Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. Being there is also, in my experience, an attribute shared by bad neighbours. I like the cheery optimism of Fujitsu’s – The Possibilities are Infinite. Really? I’m tempted to fire off an email asking it they could supply me with … oh, I don’t know, a star ship or some marbles or perhaps the location of the Holy Grail.

In an idle moment I began to wonder what resolutions or mottos historical figures might have adopted. Here’s a little list –

  • Alexander the Great – The World is not enough …
  • Cleopatra – Because I’m worth it …
  • The Vikings – There when you need us, there where you don’t …
  • The Aztecs – Open up your heart …
  • Dr Guillotine – Your close shave just got closer …

Then I remembered the perfect catch-all resolution and slogan that can be deployed universally. So here it is. My resolution for 2011 is …

to endeavour to persevere.

Simple, elegant and says it all really. And perfectly suited for all of us public servants caught in the war on the deficit.

Some of you may feel this is slightly familiar so I’ll let you have the source. It’s from the film The Outlaw Josey Wales. You can find the exact context about two minutes or so into this clip featuring the rather wonderful Chief Dan George.

You’ll understand at the end of the clip why my resolution choice isn’t entirely serious.


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A redundant UK public servant looking for work, sharing his experiences and providing a space for others to do the same.
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2 Responses to In which I consider my New Year’s resolution …

  1. Mean Mr Mustard says:

    My inane corporate strapline offering is from a local social housing provider – this on all their vehicles in a ‘handwritten’ font style – ‘Demonstrating a more excellent way of doing business.’ Yeuck!

    A one size fits all mission statement from Wikipedia –

    On September 30, 1859, Abraham Lincoln included a similar story in an address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in Milwaukee:

    “It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words:

    “And this, too, shall pass away.”

    How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!”

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