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New Year’s Resolutions
December 30, 2013 - Stephen Browne
It’s that time again, time to take stock of all we have and are and decide which to keep and which of it to junk and get new stuff.
I don’t mean that stuff in the basement I’ve been meaning to get rid of. I mean the cluttered detritus of my irascible soul, my endless self-improvement project, my New Year’s resolutions.
There’s a fair amount of debate about the utility of New Year’s resolutions. Some say any new project needs a symbolic starting point to fix the goal in your mind. Others say setting up unrealistic expectations leads to disappointment and discouragement.
I say what else are you going to give up for Lent?
I hereby resolve to stand up for myself more.
I mean that literally, stand up. I spend most of my time at work sitting at a desk or sitting in my car, and most of my time at home sitting. I do my sitting at home on a fit ball chair but recently I calculated I spend more of my life sitting down and lying down than I do standing up.
I resolve to spend less time with my children.
I’m a single father of a 12-year-old son and a seven-year-old daughter and we’re together almost all the time they’re not at school and I’m not at work. Virtually all of my non-work-related interaction with adults is on Facebook!
My children, Daddy loves you but get out of the house! Do things with some of this snow we’ve been having, take long walks, get into some (minor) trouble!
I resolve to not give a damn about the state of the world (quite so much).
The world is what it is, a place full of sorrow and woe and a lot of things bound to get worse before they get better. So when has it ever been any different? There has always been sorrow and woe aplenty, and some days it just rains. And yet we’re still here and life is not so bad.
We’ve got friends to lend a helping hand when things get tough, and friends in tough spots who need a helping hand. In either situation we should feel privileged to have friends. I resolve to take care of what’s in front of me first and then look a little further afield to see where the odd ten bucks might help someone half a world away in a bad fix - because what goes around does come around. Sometimes the long way around.
I resolve to get off the computer and read some of those books from the pile on my bedside table and and the one on the bureau that keep growing higher and never seem to get smaller.
I resolve to watch some of those educational DVDs from the pile that does likewise.
I resolve to send the kids to bed and watch some of the episodes from season one of “Game of Thrones” I can’t watch while they’re up.
And I resolve to do something about that junk in the basement. One of these days. Or pay the kids to do it.
Happy New Year to you all.
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