It’s Day 2 of 2014!!

How’s everyone feeling? Are you back at work? Have you set and broken any New Year’s resolutions, yet? Have you made any at all? None?

Well, the folks over at Boing Boing have shared Woody Guthrie’s resolutions (or as he describes them, “Rulin’s”) from 1942/43 and boy did he set the bar extra high.

Not only did the legendary folk musician set 33 resolutions– but his resolutions included things like:

#15 Learn People Better


#20 Dream Good


#31 Love Everybody

It’s not a competition but the most popular resolutions as compiled by include losing weight, tackling debt, quitting smoking, and volunteering to help others.

All admirable and formidable resolutions.

But what if we all resolved to just love everybody all the time.

What if we all agreed to just dream good and stay glad.


It’s all easier said than done but there’s something comforting in knowing that win, lose or draw we all collectively entertain this notion of owning our vices in an attempt to overcome them, even if it only happens once a year.

Got any resolutions this year?

Share them in the comments.

Photo by Al Aumuller courtesy the Library of Congress

Sara Haile-Mariam

Sara Haile-Mariam