For Genevieve one of the links in her chain of events started with her New Year’s resolution this year. She didn’t make one. She wanted to, but she realized that she’d been making the same resolution for the past, she didn’t know how many years, and always with the same result: she didn’t keep it.
This New Year she knew full well what she was doing when she didn’t make a resolution. She put it into words that sounded like this, “If wishing were wanting, and I could get just what I want, then I’d wish to be a thin woman.” As soon as she thought this, she knew she was just being wishful. She knew, and this is the important part, that she wasn’t being realistic. This was no resolution. There was no resolve behind it, just wishfulness.
If Genevieve wanted to be thin, she’d have to work for it, not wish for it. She knew her New Years' resolutions going back all those years were just wishes, and her belief in them was a false hope against hope that somehow she would fall into line and lose her unwanted weight. But that never happened; and it wasn’t going to happen this year either.
Genevieve got real, and this helped her to face the amount of work she’d have to do if she really wanted to keep a promise to herself, lose weight and keep it off for good, so she could one day be a thinner woman.