Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Year's Resolutions for Not-So-Perfect People

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions because I think they put too much pressure on us to be perfect versions of ourselves, which I think is an impossibility.  But I got in the spirit the other night of what I prefer to think of as promises to ourselves, and came up with a few I thought I could keep.  Some are uniquely mine but others may resonate with you, too.

  • Keep the faith.  In the face of a Trump presidency this is going to be the hardest resolution but the most important.

  • Spend more time with friends.

  • Practice forgiveness—especially towards yourself.

  • Exercise.  Getting up and down from your recliner a few times a night doesn’t count.

  • Eat better.  A diet of Lean Cuisines for dinners doesn’t do the trick if you have junk food snacks every afternoon.

  • Push yourself harder at work.  Really, really a lot more so you can continue to pay the rent.

  • Get more freelance editing gigs. Editing makes you feel great and puts you in that excellent state of flow.  Plus the extra bread is helpful.

  • Get your creative mojo working again!

  • Dress for work on workdays. You invented Pajama Day as a Sunday tradition--stop turning every day into Pajama Day (a peril of working at home).

  • Stop being such a hermit. Take a class, join a club.  Go to more cultural events. Meet new people.

  • Have fun!


Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

TODAY'S GEM OF GRACE IN THE GRAY AREAS

“Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the constant omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.”
                          Franklin D. Roosevelt