Resolution #4: Watch more sunsets and sunrises
(Somehow this helps me keep things in perspective).
Resolution #18: Clean the attic (There's 20 years
of accumulated stuff up there. Could anyone use a luggage carrier that
fits a 1974 Ford station wagon?)
Resolution #26: Listen more, speak less, offer more
hugs and less criticism, and live each day as if it's a special gift never
to be repeated. It is.
New Years 1999
Do you make New Years' resolutions? I don't. Or, at least, I didn't.
They make me feel too guilty when I don't keep them. However, this year
I've decided to give it a try, and, to hold me accountable, I've decided
to put them out here before God and everybody. In 1999, I resolve to .
- Write more letters to family and friends (Emails will do).
- Pick up some more computer skills (I'm taking a few short-classes now).
- Hold a '60s-style sock hop with my midlife friends (Here's a resolution
I'll probably keep).
- Watch more sunsets and sunrises (Somehow this helps me keep things
- Get outdoors at least one hour each day (The indoors world can become
- Make contact with at least one old friend with whom I've lost touch.
- Read some old books (I'm thinking about "Les Miserables"
by Victor Hugo for one).
- Study a historic period with which I'm unfamiliar.
- Ditto for a geographical region.
- Save more money.
- Give away more money.
- Spend more money (Oops. I meant spend it more wisely. Yeah, right.)
- Visit a state in the U.S. I've never seen before. Take time to explore
the spots there that tourists normally would miss.
- Visit a place from my past that I haven't seen in years (I'm thinking
of the Pecos Wilderness of New Mexico or the little mountain valley where
we once lived in northeastern Wyoming).
- Visit a place in Texas that I've never seen before (Among others, I've
never been to Big Bend).
- Take more opportunities to enjoy the special places close to home (It's
been years since I've taken a leisurely stroll through the museum in Canyon).
- Complete a home improvement project that I've been avoiding (I have
several to choose from).
- Clean the attic (There's 20 years of accumulated stuff up there. Could
anyone use a luggage carrier that fits a 1974 Ford station wagon?)
- Clean out my closet (OK; leisure suits probably will not make a comeback).
- Keep my office at home more tidy (The guilt is starting to creep in
with this one).
- Learn to fly fish (My friend George Biffle has promised to teach me.
Maybe I can combine this resolution with the one about visiting the Pecos
- Spend a weekend alone for self-evaluation, planning and spiritual renewal.
- Write in my journal more consistently (I think my last entry was about
this time last year).
- Make fewer promises that I know I can't keep.
- Keep more promises that I know I should keep.
- Listen more, speak less, offer more hugs and less criticism, and live
each day as if it's a special gift never to be repeated. It is.