Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year's Resolutions?

Of course, I have to say something about the ubiquitous news year's resolution. Two words: don't bother. Dont' think I'm just giving carte blanche here for sitting on your butt all year being the same old, same old.

But, you're probably not just going to go to bed one night and wake up the next morning being nice to everyone, using no profanity, dieting, quitting smoking (drinking, using, etc). I'd never say never, of course, but it's not terribly likely.

Any day is a great time to start something new. Just remember the cardinal rule of recovery: one day at a time. The real point of the adage is that it allows for lapses (falling off the wagon) AND resuming the work (getting back on the wagon). It's kind of like "today is the first day of the rest of your life," but not as smarmy.

If you want to make a resolution, resolve to work on something, "work" being the key word here.

So my resolves: let go of resentments, be more mindful, be less angry, love more fully, parent more wisely, have more fun, acquire less stuff, see more places, meet more people.

It's going to be a busy year!

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