Or, failing that, I should be really serious and post a meaningful, thoughtful list of things I hope to accomplish this year; things I want to change and improve about myself and for my family; things to make this world a better place.
I don't make New Year's resolutions, generally. First of all, I'm back to being a teacher. My new year came and went with Back-to-School season! And second of all, I do make lists -- countless lists!! -- every day. I cross-reference my lists. My to-do list will have a "see work to-do" list, and a "grading" to-do list, a "see grocery list" list ... Every day, I resolve to make progress on my lists. Well, except on the days I resolve to not worry about my lists, in which case I usually just make new lists. You know -- prettier lists all written in the same sharpie extra-fine point, all nice and ready for things to be crossed out ... when I get back in the crossing-out kind-of mood...
And I feel like in my own quiet way, I am always trying to do better. I don't mean that to sound either flippant or trite; I really genuinely try to always do better. Not for bragging's sake, but for being a better person's sake. Better at work, better at home, better at staying on top of household chores, better at being a good mommy, a good wife, a good teacher, a good person ... heck, just plain old better at crossing things off my lists!
And I can't stand people who show up at church just on Easter or Christmas, so I extrapolate that and say that don't like showing up at the gym just in January. I think that connection makes sense -- at least, it does in my head.
Anyway. So, I have no resolutions.
Well, other than the usual, every day resolution: to do the best I can, all the time, and to be as nice as I can be to most of the people, most of the time.
I will give up something for Lent, though. When God's holding me accountable, that's a whole different can of worms!
Happy New Year, everyone! May 2013 bring us all more blessings than we deserve, and less sadness than we deserve.*
*it's an Irish blessing somewhere, but I think I butchered it. Sorry. I hope you know what I mean -- may your 2013 be great!