Heh. Sorry to go all Rent on ya, but it really fits today’s RNFs.
This morning, as the Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is brewing (yummy), I pause to ruminate. I think, “Why start a new year’s resolution on New Year’s Day?” I mean, really. Shouldn’t we begin a positive change in our behavior right now?
(In best Veruca Salt voice) And by the way…
Shouldn’t it basically be Thanksgiving more often? Shouldn’t Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other major holidays just be different flavors of Thanksgiving? And I don’t mean Thanksgiving a la Pilgrims and turkeys. I mean a time of really being grateful — even in the face of tough days, to wit:
If you are reading this, you have enough resources to either pay for your own connectivity, or get to the internet cafe to go online. Be thankful for that. If you are reading this, you can read. Be thankful. If you are reading this, you are likely not sleeping in an alley tonight. Be grateful.
So in the spirit of being thankful for what I have, but responsible for how I handle it, here is a short list of my Christmas Resolutions.
- I am going to follow through on what I say I’m going to do. Really.
- I am going to fight off negativity; it’s a life force sucker.
- I am going to be more organized — right now, before the new year starts and the insanity sets in for real.
- I am going to let old bitternesses go (except in the case of Boston University).
- I am going to accept — and this is a hard one for me — that people are going to say what people are going to say, and nothing I do or say can either stop it, turn it around, or make it so everyone’s happy.
- I am going to stop beating myself up about things I cannot change, did not cause, or with which I routinely struggle.
And there you have it. Oh, yeah — I am also grateful for my most excellent fiends: namely, you.
Happy Christmas Eve!
Forget regret, or life is yours to miss…