These are NOT New Year’s Resolutions. They are “meaning to do” and “wanting to do” things. This will be a ‘working’ list that I add to once in a while when the muse moves me.
Read my Bible and pray – every morning, with my coffee – no matter what.
Get more sleep.
Walk my dog more. Brush my dog a lot more.
Deep clean my house from top to bottom, one room per week.
Find new recipes, [sick of the old usual meals]
BE the Sunshine.
Fix the weak spots in my novel, (it has a bunch of those.)
Clean out and organize my office. At least become able to use the desk!
Start saying good-bye to ancient story ideas and old manuscripts OR take pieces from them all, writing a patchwork story – it works for quilts. I’ll see if it works with setting up different characters and sub-plots.
Hey, it could happen!
New Year’s Eve: The night you are expected to give up something, to gain something else that you are pressured into wanting.
Let me explain – We are pressured to stop smoking (or whatever) by family members and well-meaning friends. Our smoking (addiction) comforts us, and we don’t want to give it up. We know that smoking does horrible things to our body. We know how expensive cigarettes are because we have to buy them. We have tried to quit before, and things went badly.
We are afraid to face life without smoking (or whatever). We need to smoke – to feel calm, balanced and non-homicidal. That is your frame of mind before you go to the New Years Eve party. Then when you are caught up in the moment, you (loudly) declare you will finally quit smoking. Everybody claps and cheers and you blush and take a deep bow.
You wake up and it’s January 1st. You may or may not have a hangover, but you are dragging butt just the same. Morning coffee and a cigarette will get you right again. Suddenly, you remember that you vowed to quit smoking, while dramatically tossing your last pack into the fireplace. You curse yourself for wasting cigarettes like that.
You manage to stay quit 2 more hours before running to the nearest 7-11 and buying a few packs. Possibly some chocolate also, to help ease the guilt of letting yourself and others down. What a depressing way to start a new year!
That is why I will not make any new year’s resolutions tomorrow. (Is that a resolution?) I want to start the new year off positively.
And I need to figure out how to do that – by tomorrow 😉
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