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New Year's Resolutions

  • Dec 30, 2009
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You know the ritual. This isn't the first and won't be the last. Not the first list you read this year and not the last list that I make. It is an annual tradition that sees me through the Winter months before fading off into old routines. Maybe this year will be different. Naw! It'll be the same as every other year. But at least I have to try. Feel free to comment at the end with your own resolutions or successes in the past!
I maintain an exercise regimen throughout the year. However, it normally starts with three to four visits to the gym per week, which lasts about three months before giving way to the warmer months and easy distractions. The workouts become less frequent and then the holiday months set in, throwing the whole routine off track. Maybe this year I can extend the frequent workouts another month and try to maintain better diligence throughout the year.
I watch lots of movies, but I also enjoy reading. I started last year with Atlas Shrugged, a killer. I was happy to put it down and read something lighter. Reading books help expand your horizons and stimulate creativity. I probably succeeded fairly close on this one last year, but I would like to continue with that streak.
Random Acts of Kindness
In our busy self-centered day, it is easy to focus on the tasks at hand and lose sight of those around you. How many times have you seen a car stranded and kept driving without at least offering to call for help? For the new year I hope to remember the small interpersonal gifts that used to be traded freely in our society. Helping someone who is having a bad day can be rewarding and brings some civility back to our often sterile society.
I have always encouraged my children to volunteer, but that generally tends to be very sporadic. My wife and I are exploring opportunities to give back to our community with more regularity. We are not retired, so the options are a bit more limited. But there is something out there that needs to be done that has our name on it. We have already begun looking. I hope to find a place to give back in time for the New Year.

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January 02, 2010
One more addition to the list. I need to start bringing a canvas bag to the store when I buy groceries to cut down on my plastic bag consumption. I used to be good a that, but not so much lately. I guess I'm basically lazy.
December 31, 2009
I've never made a new years resolution list before, but I dig this one!  I think everyone should try to practice all of these in moderation throughout their every day lives.  Awesome list, John! :)
December 31, 2009
I made my own, but I do need to continue with 4 and 5, and be more committed to # 1! I'm omnivorous...is that a healthy diet? nice one.
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