Resolutions (what, again?)
It’s days after the New Year’s Day celebrations and those of you who make New Year’s resolutions have probably already made them. I have a somewhat contrary friend who proclaims the he “…doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions. I just make resolutions when I need to.” I think this is all well and good if you’re particularly adept at noting things that need to change or be improved on in your own life. I find that I get caught up in the day-to-day enough that I sometimes miss the slow “build ups” that need the good polishing of a resolution. New Year’s is as good as any other cyclical time to take a long hard look and make a state of the union address for yourself.
Some goals, in no particular order…
- I think I’d like to do another read through the Bible in a year program. I’ve done this three times now and have enjoyed the discipline and practice of it very much. And it’s helped familiarize me with the dusty cobwebby parts of the Bible they don’t teach you in church. This year, I think I may see if I can find a book that’s just the New Testament and Psalms & Proverbs, just as a change of pace.
- I want to finish the whole weight loss thing this year. When I started, I was 248. Now, I’m within 5% of the body fat percentage I want to be. It’s getting harder to lose the last bit of weight but I’ve come so far and I’d love to just be done with it. Seeing this out in writing out on the web is a pretty good motivation to finish since people will be ask “so how are ou doing with that”.
- I’m going to continue my education by taking the next German class and maybe a few business classes as well. It sounds nerdy, but it would be a fine thing to be able to know how to use MS Access. Maybe I’ll take a seminar in that this year.
- I will take at least two trips to places I’ve never been to next year. The goals, at the moment, look like Germany and Brazil. No traveling and surprising people this time out. Turns out, some people do’t like that. Anyways, it may come down to San Diego and Santa Ana for me, but I will definitely do more traveling. Hate the plane rides but I love the cultural experience and the chance to shoot photos.
- Lastly, I’ll try and be less closed off. One of the critiques of me I’ve heard is that I’m hard to get to know. Actually I’m not…. it’s just that I have to be interested in wanting to know you too. I suppose that’s the rub. I already have a lot of quality friends and it’s hard to keep adding more and feel like I’m being a good friend to them. What I’d like to learn is how to be able to be a good aquaintance. Just a person you say hello to and spend a little time with but not necessarily go the whole nine yards. I currently suck at this and it’d be a good skill to develop.
So there they are. The “resolutions for 2006 off the top of my head. I’ll let you know how I do. You guys made any?