The end of the year. The end of the decade. Time to make a list of all the great things you accomplished and share it with the world. Or whatever. Maybe it’s just another day.
The new year approaches and there you go. We get to enjoy the first three days of two-thousand and ten as a long weekend, recovering maybe from the gush of a crazy year and a melancholy decade.
What do you resolve to do better? To be better? To improve? To remove? As much as I loath myself later for falling to the scheme of resolution, I do it anyhow. It’s a good exercise in self-improvement, and mine is three-fold this year:
1) Mind. Having once again cluttered my free time by the wanton purchase of some new electronics, I feel the need to add some structure to that time spent mindless and add some time for purpose filled mindfulness. As we once did, I’m going to suggest to Karin that we once again pick two days as designate no-TV days: Tuesdays and Saturdays tend work well for us for this purpose, and result in more books read, more ideas written, and more productive evenings overall. And no, while the Wii and the PS3 do count, the computer does NOT count as a television regardless how similar the screens might be.
2) Body. While I will be starting the year right with a five klick run on January 1st, I think I might seek to one-up my progress from last year. I’m going to try and run two half marathons in 2010. That again means lots of training, lots of betterment of self, and a little more tuning around middle — if you know what I mean. I’m going to set aside a few nights per week for strength and a few nights for running. It’s all about habits. Oh, and I’m going to floss more. It’s supposed to be very important.
3) Soul. And this is the tough one. For those who know me well enough to know my philosophy on life, the universe, and everything it may come as little more surprise than as the obvious next step in things. I don’t think one can ever really be certain of where one stands on this type of thing, but then I suppose with age comes greater inflexibility. But as Adams famously wrote of “…an ancient Acturan proverb, ‘However fast the body travels, the soul travels at the speed of an Acturan Mega-Camel.'” For whatever that means, I think it’s going to be a year to let the camel catch up.
Want something more? Well, aren’t you in luck. Tune in tomorrow, right around midnight and read the fifth edition of my Annual New Years List (now with more crazy questions!) It’s nearly ready, and set to auto-post at about quarter-to-midnight on new years eve. Though, I would advise reading it sober.