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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2006

There are common customs that I just don’t ‘get’, and New Year’s resolutions are among them.  Is there a signpost in the Earth’s orbit that says; “Try harder now”?  Most resolutions seem to be something you’d do anyway.  I’m not sure that continuing to do what you’ve always done counts as a resolution.  Especially since I fully expect to botch every one of them from time to time.

Last year, I tried to do a good job at work; I’m going to keep trying.  I did my best to manage chronic pain with as little medication as possible; I’m going to keep doing that, too.  I studied to learn new skills – a good habit to continue since I have a new job.  Several years ago I started blogging to improve my writing skills; I’ll keep doing that, too.  Mind you, I don’t do any of these things perfectly by a longshot but I intend to keep trying.

I’ll keep on being a husband, father, and friend as well as I can.  I’m not likely to give up the effort to be an informed citizen of my country, while not knowing where the line of success is there.  Ditto for attempting to model the tolerance and respect I’d like to see in our society.  And I’ll try to add another year of safe driving, though there’s always been an element of luck in that. 

I’ll go on trying to compensate for my very unreliable memory, too. MrsDoF and I disagree on the virtues of the movie American Beauty but the thing I liked about it was, the narrator was trying to achieve at least one moment of real clarity in his life.  Clarity will always matter to me, despite the muddle that is often my mind.

As Richard Nixon used to say; “let me make one thing perfectly clear” – I wish each one of you a Happy New Year!

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  1. negativechris
    December 31, 2006 at 15:47 | #1

    i can dig this editorial.

  2. December 31, 2006 at 18:47 | #2

    Happy New Year!  Hope it’s a great one for you.

  3. January 1, 2007 at 14:52 | #3

    Happy New Year ..may it be a healthy and prosperous   one for you and yours.

  4. Abhilasha
    January 2, 2007 at 10:21 | #4

    Happy new year to you as well…

    Abt the resolutions, well, I think of every new year as a new and fresh start to do better on a few things which i was slacking off on last year…

    Like this year I plan to take some certifications…and also, would be working out 4 times a week….

    Personally, every new year’s morning I feel like a cat just up from deep sleep…who needs to shake off the laziness and restart the engines …and what better way then to write down a few goals for the coming new year and working towards them !!!

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