I Resolve…

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.

3 Responses

  1. rrvwt

    I can’t speak for newspaper editors, but I’ve worked in broadcast journalism and I can honestly say, you folks work just as hard as we do–it’s just in a different way.

    Finding a tape that hasn’t properly been cued up before the 6 p.m. newscast can be as much of a nuissance as finding an ugly typo after your work has gone to press.

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