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Is there a single day in any year when the world celebrates one festival, with one mood and marks an event like we do – as the New Year’s Eve? As humankind’s biggest tradition, we mark our lists of resolutions – a youthful faith that life can be willed, that destiny is in our hands, and we can, each one of us, make ourselves better – with decisions to change things about ourselves, our lives, our bodies, our habits, and our pursuits.

Resolutions are individual, largely, and often, private. With socialisation of every facet of our lives, our resolutions too have become public over time, and we share it for the world to know; often, adding an additional pressure to live up to them.Maybe, it is now time for more collective resolutions. Teams working together, or in
a personal sphere, families, can make joint resolutions to make their commitment stronger, and working together, we have better chances of transforming our deep urges into reality. With greater accountability, and an additional push, our resolves more likely to fructify.

We can easily imagine offices abuzz with collective resolutions – like a formal oath for a new year, at a large group, small team or even corporate-level commitment. For a cleaner office, a healthier lifestyle and culture of fitness, a resolve to never break a traffic law or abet drunken driving amongst our peers – office oaths, or family resolutions – printed, written, and pasted on our walls and public spaces can take us a longer way to sticking to our view that life can be improved.

Since a larger part of our lives are increasingly being spent at work, with colleagues and at our work spaces, it is a good approach that we invest our resolves there, and augment our will power with the power of social scrutiny. This year, let us better the world, and our work groups, with collective resolve. Then even in failure, we will be together in effort.

TAILPIECE: The trend is important for us to build the new country we want to build – what we can resolve together and achieve at schools and colleges, homes and offices today, we can tomorrow extend to city, state, region or nation. It’s time to put all the ‘make your resolution and don’t break it’ apps to good use.

(Sriram Karri is author of the bestselling novel, Autobiography of a Mad Nation. He writes for international media such as The New York Times and BBC besides
organising debates at Hyd Park)


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