We are far enough into the New Year that I have heard and read my fair share of New Year’s posts and opinions.  I guess I’ll take a moment and share my thoughts.

Often I find myself looking in to the New Year and thinking about what new things I want to accomplish. Resolutions are often about what we want to make different in our lives: loose ten pounds, run a marathon, get a better job, save money, reduce debt, stop smoking, etc. There are a few things I hope to accomplish this year, and the truth is that my bets hope of accomplishing these new things isn’t a magical New Year’s resolution. 

I do well to look not so much at what I want to change, but what I am currently doing that is working. Even a momentary reflection on the characteristics of my life that contribute to my success reveals simple habits that, while often difficult to follow, are essential to getting anything done. This year I am beginning with a New Year’s Renew list. I am renewing my commitment to the habits and actions that are a part of my success and then looking at a few things I want to accomplish with these proven, daily habits. The difference is that I am focusing on resolute living rather than living a list of resolutions.


Resolute Living

  1. Each day I will decide to abstain from alcohol and other drugs. I have made this choice daily since July 10, 1999 and it has made all the difference in my life
  2. Pray each morning for “Knowledge of God’s will for me and the power to carry that out.”
  3. Respect other peoples (and my) time – be where I have agreed to be when I have agreed to be there. I am not perfect at executing this, but I am committed to the value of it.
  4. Be mindful of the Rotary Four-Way Test – Of The Things We Say and Do
    1. Is it the Truth?
    2. Is it fair to all concerned?
    3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
    4. Is it beneficial to all concerned?


  1. Listen to others and seek to understand their point of view.
  2. Pay my bills on time.
  3. Exercise multiple times each week.
  4. Keep my weight between 145-155lbs.
  5. Take the medications prescribed by my doctor as prescribed.
  6. Hike.
  7. Get a full night’s sleep (6-8 hrs) most nights.
  8. Read books for fun.
  9. Read books for education.
  10. Maintain a blog.
  11. Save some money each month.
  12. Tell jokes (no matter how lame).
  13. Read the comics.
  14. Volunteer to help others in some way every month.
  15. Work the steps of the simple program that I have chosen to help me better live my life.
  16. Never take the advice of someone more messed up than I am.
  17. Write about the creative ideas and images that move me.
  18. Work faithfully and dependably for my income.
  19. Take a vacation with my wife. 

Resolutions for 2009 

  1. Attend a writing workshop/class.
  2. Speak publicly ten times.
  3. Submit something written for publication.
  4. Hike the Alum Cave Trail.
  5. Purchase a new Audio/Video system for the den.


I am sure there is more, but this is what I have for here, for now…