Tuesday, December 31, 2013

More and Less

We all know the usual New Year's Resolution drill. My usual approach is a laundry list of detailed goals. There's really nothing wrong with that--it works well in many cases. It's nicely defined, black and white. But speaking of black and white, I tend to be all or nothing. If I miss a goal, it makes me want to just throw in the towel. At that point there's no way I can get a perfect score, so what's the point in finishing?

I'm going to try something a little different this year. Yes, I do have a few concrete goals: for example, as I mentioned in my last post, I want to finish editing a particular story. I'd also like to finish the first draft of another particular story. I have some tunes I want to work on. Etc.

But mostly, this year I've decided to work on "More" and "Less."

Pray more.
Write more.
Play more music.
Learn more.
Bike more.
Walk more.
Love more.
Forgive more.

Spend less.
Complain less.
Worry less.
Eat less junk.
Waste less time.

Quantifiable? To some extent. But there is no exact point of failure or success. It's meant to make me reflect, as opposed to my usual over-analyzing.

I can use more reflection.

Happy New Year!


Bill M said...

Quite a list! I believe you have some common goals with several Typosphereians.

May you have a wonderful, prosperous, and blessed 2014!

deek said...

Yeah, that is a good list and I like the more or less concept. It does set you up for success.

I'm more of a simpleton in my resolutions. Mine is simply, "Be Happy and Make Others Happy." Maybe that counts as two:)

notagain said...

Good idea. For the "bike more" would you like a heads-up when we are going to be in your area? We hit Capitol Lake and Yelm-Tenino fairly regularly.

Little Flower Petals said...

I don't have a working bike carrier for the car at the moment, which limits me a little, but I'd be up for something on the Yelm/Tenino trail come late spring or summer since I can ride down there from my house. It'd be fun to end at the Tenino park for another mini type-in! I keep meaning to experiment with strapping the Lettera 31 onto the bike, but haven't gotten around to trying it yet.