Seven deadly resolutions for 2008

Lifestyles

Every year countless people make resolutions with little to no success. Rather than making the same tired resolutions each year, take inspiration from the original guidelines for appropriate human behavior and consider the seven deadly sins.

Pride
There is a difference between a positive self-image and an excess of pride. When pride becomes too strong, it becomes conceit. Case in point, Facebook.

Facebook is a social networking site launched on Feb. 4, 2004 and boasts over 59 million members.

Everybody has heard about Facebook addictions and the subsequent symptoms that can include and range from obsessive account checking, crazed friend additions of people virtually unrecognizable to the user in the attempt to accumulate the “most” friends, and cyber slacking.

A resolution to limit Facebook use may increase productivity on work rather then play, get out more and return the individual back to the world of live interactive humans.

Wrath
Most Missouri Western students have experienced the similar rage of parking on campus. From cutting other drivers off, sub-par parking jobs (try and stay between the lines, it’s a $25 fine), and stealing spots other drivers are obviously waiting on are all road rage warranting offenses.
Fight the urge. Be the bigger person and let it go.  Wrestling over parking spots is not worth it.

Sloth
Sloth is defined as being lazy and slow. This year on Feb. 9, Missouri will be voting in the Presidential primaries. Don’t be lazy.

Make a resolution not only to cast a vote, but also to make a well-informed and well-thought decision. The future of the United States is in the hands of voters, and it is not a responsibility to be taken lightly.

Resolve to compare and contrast candidates, and find information from sources outside of Comedy Central.
As a generation marked by political apathy despite an astounding devotion to American Idol voting, this  year may be turned around by high voter turn out. Resolve to do your part.

Envy
The return to school for the spring semester can be a let down after the revelry of the break for many students. In addition to the return to the grind of daily life, there is the withdrawal from the materialism of the Christmas season. Peers come back with new tech- gadgets, cars, clothes and phones. It becomes difficult to fight the urge to keep up with Jones’.
As students at Western, you are fortunate enough to share the opportunity of a University education. The focus must not be on reaping the benefits of financial success today, but rather academic success in the hopes of achieving financial freedom in the future.  

Lust
People tend to think of sex when it comes to lust and if that’s a problem for an individual, it would make a good resolution, but by broadening the definition of lust as simply “an overwhelming craving or desire” there are plenty of things to resolve to change in the coming year.

Letting desire overwhelm everyday life can prove a hindrance in accomplishing greater long-term goals.
For example, goals of financial security can be undermined by materialism.

Lusting after the newest sports car that has unaffordable payments, astronomical insurance rates and inefficient gas mileage may bring you the temporary satisfaction of ownership but the eventual consequence of financial doom.
Lust comes down to wanting what an individual doesn’t have. Resolving to be thankful for what you have even when it’s nothing may be the most satisfying resolution of all and is more of a guaranty of long-term happiness than all the retail therapy in the world. A person could go broke buying happiness, or just reevaluate how to achieve it.

Gluttony
Despite ubiquitous resolutions to “get in shape” or “lose a little more weight,” gluttony is about more than weight and overeating. It is the inability to practice moderation in life.

With increasing numbers of college students partaking in high-risk behavior such as binge drinking, which the British Medical Association defines as, “heavy drinking over an evening or similar time span- sometimes referred to as heavy episodic drinking.”

The International Center for Alcohol policies commonly used thresholds for binge drinking are five drinks for men and four drinks for women. Another definition accepted by The Journal of Studies on Alcohol a person repeatedly become drunk within an extended period, even two days, which results in an inability to maintain usual activities and obligations.
Resolving to drink or “party” in moderation may yield benefits personally, financially, and academically.

Greed
Everyone knows that being selfish is bad, but the question is, “What can one contribute to the greater good?”
Volunteer work is a good option, and Saint Joseph provides many opportunities to give back to the community. 
“Big Brother and Big Sisters of Greater St. Joseph” is a volunteer program in which adult volunteers are paired with school aged children in order to spend time making a difference in each other’s lives and spend quality time as friends.
In order to help bring the program to the area, volunteers are required and an informational program will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5:30- 7 P.M. at the Albrecht- Kemper Museum of Art located at 2818 Frederick Ave.
Donating blood is a simple thing to do and requires hardly any time. In exchange for a few moments of time, you get some orange juice, a cookie, and the opportunity to save a life. Locally, the Community Blood Center is located at 3122 Frederick Avenue, and may be contacted at (816) 232-6791.

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