This morning I was reading the people page of the newspaper (hey, I'm on vacation). There was a list of celebrities (many of which I have honestly never heard of) and their resolutions.
Fergie (singer, right?) wants to eat healthier - "eat more raw". Makes sense. Carmen Electra (model? actress? singer?) wants to have more fun. That sounds like a worthwhile goal. Sencer Pratt (???) wants to stop eating pizza every day. That can't be good for you. Brittney Spears (OK, I have heard of her) wants to stop worrying so much. Definintely a good idea. Coolio (rapper?) wants to live off of other people as the economy is so bad. Logical.
So, once again, I thought I'd give it a try. It turned out to be sort of a stream of consciousness list of things to do more and things to do less. They are in no special order and there is lots overlap. It was cathartic.
*Cherish the time with my boys - they won't be boys for long
*Play more guitar
*Act less like a know-it-all
*Follow the commandments
*Make more friends
*Appreciate the friends I have
*Stay in touch better with old friends
*Seek to understand - not judge
*Be more curious
*Be more careful about the feelings of others
*Eat more good
*Eat less crap
*Change what I can
*Stop beating myself up for things I can't change
*Take things more lightly, but...
*Stand up and fight for what I know is right
*Relax more completely
*Be in the woods more
*Pet my dog more
*Tell my students I love them more often
*Cherish the time with my folks, my siblings, my nieces and nephews
*Count my blessings more
*Share my blessings more
I still am very much of the view that we are the masters of our own destiny, that just making a list won't change things. But it is a nice place to begin, a nice way to think about change.
Happy New Year.