A Fresh Blanket of New Year

Posted: January 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
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There’s something about the new year that makes people want to better themselves. Perhaps it is because, like a fresh snowfall, the new year gives us the impression that we have a blank slate. A calendar full of blank pages waiting to be filled by change and improvement. A whole year to do with as we will. What could be a more tempting tabula rasa?

My home town was actually graced with a fresh snowfall for the new year. New Year’s celebrations behind me I awoke to find the world blanketed with snow. Pristine and unmarred. Unfortunately, I had places to go so I cleaned off my car and headed off along the snowy roads leaving dark tracks behind me. As I turned onto a road more traveled, evidence of the everyday world was more clear. The white snow had turned into a dingy gray slush. I turned again onto a main road where there was only the thinnest of slush from all the cars, and as I took the on-ramp to the freeway there was almost no difference to the road at all, the snow mashed away by the tires.

The new year isn’t just the fresh snow, it’s built on the prior year. As we travel onward through the months we wear away that beautiful fresh start and realize that this year isn’t a completely fresh start; it’s connected to the year that came before just as the snow can become little more than water on pavement. In looking ahead to my plans and goals for the new year ahead of me I realize they’re based on the experiences I’ve had the year before.

I’m going to jump on the bandwagon here and formally declare my “resolutions”. I’ve heard on several occasions that publicly sharing goals makes a person feel more responsible for accomplishing them, thereby creating conditions for success. I like hedging my bets so here we go.

For the Blog: I want to post more often. Blogging is a wonderful way to release all the thoughts in my head in a constructive way. My hope is that those who stumble upon this blog not only find it entertaining but find posts that resonate with them. When people respond to my posts it’s a way to dialogue with people I would never ordinarily have the opportunity to talk with, people with similar interests and struggles. My goal for the new year is to post once a week. Knowing my schedule, posts will probably come on Sundays, but I don’t want to box myself in by stating “every Sunday I will post to the blog”. It allows for some flexibility on my part so I don’t feel as guilty if Sunday comes around and I’m too busy and postpone until Wednesday.

For my Writing: To finish the first draft of Reaper. On a more strict note, I’ve set up a due date of June 1st to have that done. I’ve found that goals keep me honest when it comes to writing, gives me a sense of urgency instead of ” well, when I have time I’ll get around to that and hopefully it’ll get done before the next new year”. June gives me five months to rough draft my little heart out and if I succeed it gives me three months of summer vacation to play around with editing it before I head back to work in the fall. The goal is to have one round of edits done by the end of the summer and to hand out a copy or two for perusal by beta readers by September. The first draft goal is doable. The editing goal will take a bit of staying power, but I think it’s possible if I accomplish the first goal of being done with the rough draft by June.

For my Health: Of course I’ve got the standard “eat better” and “exercise more” but that isn’t my main goal. My main goal is to become more invested in ordering food at restaurants. To explain myself, I’m gluten intolerant. No wheat, no barley, no rye and all of it’s subsidiaries. Since finding out that gluten is what’s been causing a select group of bodily issues over a year ago I cut it from my diet and have seen positive results. The problem is that I don’t like to be confrontational, so when I go to restaurants I often find myself making educated guesses about ingredients instead of flat out asking and being certain. This year I want to take responsibility for my own health. I have a right to ask. It’s not being pushy, or rude, or confrontational. It is asking an honest to God question, the answer to which will impact my own health. My goal is to start politely inquiring about the availability of allergen menus or ingredients used for sauces. And to stop playing guessing games when people bring food to work. This goal will by far be harder to stick with than the first two. Old habits die hard. But if I succeed I’ll be a much happier person in the long run.

If you’ve made resolutions for the new year I wish you the best of luck and support in achieving them as the year goes on. Just think, in twelve short months all this will be is a distant set of tracks in the rear view mirror.

Happy New Year!

For my LIfe.

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