In a rare contemplative mood, but still of relatively sound mind, as 2008 is ending, I’m doing something I haven’t done in years–at least not seriously. Corny as it may be, I’m putting together a list of New Year’s resolutions.
I look forward to reading your resolutions below. Unkind comments about mine will not be tolerated.
And so, in the new year I resolve…
* to eat better, even though I work in a business not conducive to it.
* to sit down and read the Constitution from beginning to end, something I can’t remember ever doing.
* to try to understand something complicated.
* to get more sleep (difficult for someone with a mild, but persistent case of insomnia).
* to spend more time listening and less time talking.
* to try to enjoy winter more.
* to try not to lose my cell phone.
* to spend less time worrying about money.
* to stay better in touch with people I’ve lost touch with.
* to let more (unimportant) things go. Example: Newspaper editors who, over the course of many years, have bashed broadcast news repeatedly in their columns.
* to grow thicker professional skin. (See resolution above.)
* to read more history.
* to spend more time watching nature.
* to be a more courteous driver.
* to be more tolerant of people whose opinions I don’t agree with.
* to try to learn something new about gardening.
* to read more poetry and (slightly) less journalism.
* to upgrade my martini ingredients a little.
* to see at least one good play.
* to give more compliments.
* to master at least one new recipe in the kitchen.
* to be a better husband, son, brother and friend.
* to try to live a little more "in the moment."
* to try to remember these resolutions.