Have you thought about your New Year's resolutions yet? If not, musing on the different connotations of the word 'resolution' might inspire you. In a medical context, 'resolution' means the termination of an abnormal condition. Used as a musical term, it means the progression of a dissonant tone to a consonant tone which results in a more pleasant sound. In a literary context, a resolution is the part of a literary work in which the complications of the plot are resolved or simplified. There are many specific explanations, but the root is the same - getting to the core of whatever is inharmonious and stabilising it. If, on reflection, you find there are some things in your life you would like to improve, don't tackle them superficially. Found that you've gained a few kilograms? Lose them, not by eating junk food and slimming tablets, but by exercise and a balanced diet. Always feeling drowsy? Go to sleep earlier. Caffeine doesn't work, it's an unhealthy stimulant. Living in this hectic and polluted city, health should be top of our resolutions lists. Have you had any arguments with family members, peers or colleagues? If so, try to patch them up and make life harmonious again. Always in disagreement with your siblings over who should use the bathroom first or who should wash the dishes? Write down and remember Ghandi's saying, 'Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong'. Having misunderstandings with your friends? Solve them by taking the initiative to call and mend the rift. Every day we're completing chapters of our own autobiographies. Too many plot complications like failure in exams, job interviews, and relationship ups and downs can make you tense. Take action to resolve any lingering troubles or uncertainties. Don't obsess on the down side of things. Study hard and prepare well. Simplify the complications by turning them into positive motivations. Hardships pave the road to maturity. Pulcheria is a regular SYP columnist.