Happy New Year!
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!