Thursday, January 25, 2007


Sometimes it takes me awhile to decide on my New Year’s Resolutions, and, as you can see, I am a little slower than usual this year. I have made them now. Two. Yes…that’s all. I used to make long lists that were a cross between To Do and Dear Santa. But this year, my resolutions are more ways of being than they are things to do or places to go or things to acquire.

Number One: Stay in the moment. Easier said than done. Especially for me who loves to delve into the past, wrap myself in nostalgia, play the “what if” and “if only” game, regret my mistakes (that alone can take up a chunk of time), and canonize my rare achievements. I also tend to fall victim to waiting for the next thing to happen (as in “after the holidays” and “after winter is over”) and miss what is going on right now. So…I plan to focus on NOW.

Number Two: Save Energy. It’s a big temptation to resolve to do what I am already doing which is to continue my program of saving the earth by using less fossil fuel and recycling, etc. But I am going to carry this to the next level that I call Inner Green. I want to be green inside my head and heart and soul. I plan to Conserve Emotional Energy. No more wasting my time railing against the evening news or crazy drivers or cell phone users or people who cut in front of me in line. I want to clean up the Emotion Center of my brain like I clean up my house with intermittent purges followed by weekly dusting and daily tidying. What I save from not being pissed off all the time I plan to spend on enjoying my wonderful life in this beautiful place.

I did pretty well on last year’s resolutions. Go to Alaska was pretty easy. Attend my son Andy’s wedding was not too difficult either. Work on my new book. Check. Make a quilt for Brayden. Check. Get surgery for Little Buddy. Done. Hike in the Columbia River Gorge. Did that. Spend time with family. Oh yes that was the best. 2006 was great.

Now 2007 is under way and it is one month past Christmas. (That seems like forever ago!) The rest of the year stretches ahead with great promise.


Blogger Eugenia Jo said...

Commendable Resolutions! Ones we can all take to heart and strive for. Thanks for sharing them.....

Peace out...

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