In a post earlier this week, I stated my preference for affirmations rather than resolutions. This is because I know my personality. Resolutions are rules…rules are made to be ignored and broken and ridiculed. Affirmations affirm things – they’re more like guidelines. Guidelines are good, a sort of praise. Praise is always better than rules.
Regardless, after being the recipient of much badgering and bullying I have concocted this list of resolutions. Why? Because unkind people (who will not be mentioned here, Hildegard and Thomasina), claim it isn’t fair that I don’t have rules. All righty then.
Here is what I resolve to do in 2012:
~ I shall eat more soup.
~ I shall read more books.
~ I shall write more stories.
~ I shall work fewer hours.
~ I shall drive fewer miles.
~ I shall query a novel.
~ I shall spend more time with family.
~ I shall visit with old friends.
~ I shall indulge in more pedicures.
~ I shall take more vacations.
~ I shall donate more time.
~ I shall save for rainy days.
That’s a round dozen resolutions – one for each month. Nice measurable goals with concrete results. What’s that? You want more from me? …really? That seems greedy…but okay.
~ I will not turn down new opportunities.
~ I will not listen to the naysayers.
~ I will not believe in failure.
~ I will not wallow in the pit of despair.
~ I will not reject valid criticism.
~ I will not make as many rude gestures.
~ I will not say so many naughty words.
~ I will not neglect what needs to be done.
~ I will not procrastinate on necessary tasks.
~ I will not ignore e-mail just because I can.
~ I will not forget to slow down and enjoy life.
~ I will not forget my mother’s birthday. Ever. Again.
So there you are. My resolutions for the New Year. This is not your typical twinkie, hoo-haw nonsense sort of list. I know bad shit happens, and while I don’t want to wallow in excrement, neither do I need to pretend it doesn’t exist. I live in the real world, thank you very much.