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Personally, as I have gotten older, I am less inclined to make new year's resolutions. I have too long a history of failing to meet my objectives. Nowdays I work more on serendipity--things will come together in unique and interesting ways. My part is have an open mind and to create/allow the environment for change.
I feel like I've reached that delicious age where I can finally accept the things I can't change. I'll save my energy for things that are enjoyable to me.
You know, my Dad's been in the hospital for the last two weeks, and all I have been is jealous. He's not a big reader, and he's had one book on his tray the whole time, and he isn't even 1/4 of the way through it. Do you know what I could put away if I had two weeks in a bed with meals served on a tray? Even with the occasional pokes & prods, I could have emptied a shelf.
Oh, well. I should be grateful that I don't have to be in a hospital, but still.
I try not to label self-improvement decisions as “resolutions” since that seems to set them up to fail. I just quietly determine that I will make an improvement or two. And I try not to tie them to New Years of birthdays or other specific times because that seems to suggest they have a deadline for being completed or abandoned. I’d rather just start immediately after making the decision and then keep plugging away. That’s a more realistic way to make permanent changes.
I’ve recently quietly determined that I will strive to:
• Read from my TBR piles and only mooch books from my wishlist. No random browsing. That was how my TBR piles got out of hand to begin with.
• Spend MUCH less time online. It’s such a time suck. (Now my lunch time is over. I’m closing the window.)