2010 New Year's Resolutions

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." Bill Vaughn

Simple is good for me.

Be it resolved that I shall, this year, write a poem each day, journal at least five times each week, and write a blog entry each week.

Poetry comes to me late in life and yet it has been my joy. Lifting my spirits in dark moments, capturing moments of insight, filling in around the cracks of my life. Both reading and writing are the equally pleasurable. But it is in handling the tools that I become skillful. Smashing Magazine suggests doing something creative every day. While that article focuses on art, for me that is poetry.

Journalling is like sitting down over a cup of coffee with a good friend and just gabbing. Sorting out life's hassles. Exploring new thoughts. Expressing the exuberance of life.  The nice thing about this friend is that he is always there. All it takes is a pen, paper and time.

Blogging has been an off and on thing for me. Really it is about quality social interaction. Some of you know that I have another blog - San Juan Natural History - between that science and this more work oriented philosophical blog I want to make a committment to high quality content regularly. Daily is too much. Monthly is not enough. Weekly seems doable.

I have never really thought too much about New Year's Resolutions. Over the last two days though I have been challenged by all the lists that I have seen. Perhaps more importantly challenged by my own thinking. All the good things in my life have come out of the thinking that happens around the holidays. Journaling is probably the single biggest resolution to have been successful for me. Exercise, work habits, family connections have all been the subject of resolutions that have changed my life. Wonder what it is going to look like this time when I look back.

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