I hate New Years Resolutions. I have written at length about them and so I won't do that despite my yearly protests, you will probably make and break a handful because we are being marketed to that this is the best thing we should do at the beginning of the new year. So instead I will offer my take on some resolutions you should try and keep. I offer them without commentary; make of them what you will:
- If you take something out, put it away
- If you make a mess, clean it up
- Pay yourself first
- Read something everyday
- Take dead aim
- Call your mother, she needs to hear your voice
- Drive with the radio off at least once a week
- Spend more, on less.
- Pet your dog every day
- Stand at your desk
- Find the right speed. No one ever looked good in a hurry.
- Make bread from time to time, it will teach you patience
- Share a sandwich with someone
- Drink more water
- Shut off your phone every once in a while
- Go in that museum. 30 mins will change your life.
- Be an owner not a victim
- Save early, Save often
- Always know where the nearest exit is
- Go for a walk
- Put off buying something, pay with cash
- Listen to someone else talk
- Start an emergency fund
- When things get tough… Close your eyes and think of England.
- Make something
- Cook your friends dinner
A couple of words from Rilke:
"When your daily life seems barren, do not blame it; blame yourself rather and tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the creative worker knows no barrenness and no poor indifferent place."
And from Teddy Roosevelt:
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
Happy New Year