I took the weekend to reflect, and sometime between work and door-to-door Girl Scout cookie sales, the ideas pulled together. What I came up with is really half resolution and half mantra, which makes it twice as good.
*** COMMENT, CONNECT, CREATE ***
Comment: When I comment on a blog, I send a little message to the writer that I’m there and I care. I don’t always have something to say, but if a thought pops through my head “That’s a great list!” or “I’m putting that book on hold now!” or “Really? With a vegetable peeler?” then I can make time to write it. Even the small comments make our connections stronger.
Connect: Every year I send out dozens of Christmas cards, and I really enjoy doing so. I write a short, hopefully amusing newsletter with highlights and usually pictures, and I feel like, at the very least, I’ve made contact with people who are important to me. But I want to do more. I want to make sure that I am calling or writing or visiting these people during the year, because it’s too easy to put relationships on the back burner. These people aren’t my white rice, they’re my stir-fry and you’ve got to pay attention to stuff in the wok.
Create: I love what I’m doing with my blog, but there’s more I can write. I know it, I feel it, but I have to make time for it. Even more broadly, I want see opportunities to create in music and art and writing, and make it a priority. Hey, there are days I’ve given up showering to write in my blog before work, so I’ve proven that I’m ready to give to the cause of greater art.
Most importantly, none of these resolutions make my throat close up. They make me feel happy, as in Happy New Year! Now I’m ready to begin it.