My Goals for 2013
The Pre-resolution Ritual
The second day of December in the year of our Lord, 2012, finds me primed for doing the traditional goal-setting thing. You know, the stuff we call New Year's Resolutions.
On one hand, I'm feeling rather smug about not procrastinating over accomplishing a relatively simple project. I'm actually doing this with almost an entire month's cushion.
On the other hand, at 60 years of age, the whole thing seems even more daunting than before. Where do I start? What areas of my life can I actually improve upon? Even before I start, I 'm concerned about whether I'm going to really buckle down and keep these commitments to myself.
Okay, I need to slow my anxious thoughts down to a snail's crawl. I need to, as much as possible, empty my mind so I can focus on the genesis of a single thought. My usually very busy mind allows for the shortest of windows in which to do this, so I need to really, really concentrate.
First, a sip of my green tea...Ah, that's SO soothing! Okay...better.
...A deep breath in, followed by a slow and deliberate exhalation...
Alright, let's do this!
2013--the Spiritual Resolutions
- I resolve to start each day with a prayer.
- I resolve to read a few pages in my Bible in order to have read it in its entirety by midnight, December 31st, 2013.
- I resolve to be thankful for every day of life.
- I resolve to end each day with a prayer.
2013--the Physical Resolutions
- I resolve to walk, jog, or run a cumulative distance of at least 1000 miles in 2013.
- I resolve to do push-ups, sit-ups, and other calisthenics every day.
- I resolve to take in less calories and expend more calories every day with the exception of holidays and family reunions.
- I resolve to get a good night's rest throughout the year.
- I resolve to take naps as needed.
- I resolve to eat nutritiously.
- I resolve to lose weight.
2013--the Mental Resolutions
- I resolve to read, aside from my Bible, something new every day--hubs, articles, reports, newspapers, novels, non-fiction books, magazines, letters, or whatever else I might find.
- I resolve to stay abreast of current events.
- I resolve to do online research for my various projects.
- I resolve to occasionally do puzzles.
- I resolve to write for a disciplined half hour or more each day.
- I resolve to write 150 hubs in 2013, allowing myself the flexibility to create and modify my writing schedule as I go.
2013--the Social Resolutions
- I resolve to be a blessing to my wife in our empty nest years.
- I resolve to do a lot of fun things and build a lot of great memories with my wife.
- I resolve to be as ready and eager to do the dishes (and other household chores) as I am to go on a date.
- I resolve to be a loving and responsible role model for my adult children and young grandchildren as well as other members of our extended family.
- I resolve to maintain healthy and responsible boundaries.
- I resolve, in keeping with a promise I made to God years ago when He rescued me from the dung heap, to never turn down a request to sing a solo, help with social and civic functions, or provide support and assistance in any other way for others in my community.
- I resolve, along with my wife, to visit the elderly and shut-ins, bringing them love and cheer.
- I resolve to write letters to family and friends.
- I resolve to support and encourage my fellow writers on HubPages and/or other writing sites.
2013--the Emotional Resolutions
- I resolve to be kind to myself.
- I resolve to laugh as much as possible.
- I resolve, when faced with a crisis or conflict, to identify the hurt in others in order to help quell, not accelerate, a situation.
- I resolve to be forgiving of others as well as of myself.
- I resolve to be honest and responsible in my interactions and transactions with others.
- I resolve to say, I'm sorry.
- I resolve to say, Thank you.
- I resolve to allow myself to be justifiably angry without acting out in anger.
- I resolve to anticipate the needs of others.
2013--the Entrepreneurial Resolutions
- I resolve to continue building my ebay business in 2013.
- I resolve to become an ebay Trading Assistant in 2013.
- I resolve to begin negotiations and hopefully conduct trade with vendors in China.
- I resolve to be a man of integrity in my business transactions.
- I resolve to continue writing diligently as well as provide support and encouragement to others on HubPages.
- I resolve to tithe faithfully.
Some Post-resolution Thoughts
I read somewhere that when a person wants to lose weight, one of the things they can do is to magnetically pin a picture of a slim person on their refrigerator door that serves as both a source of inspiration as well as a last resort reminder not to fudge with his or her diet.
Instead of employing the image of a complete stranger, I'm using a picture of me at 25 years of age. No, I'll never be that young and strong and virile again. It's simply a psychological device to motivate one towards a certain standard.
One of the laws of inertia, if you will, is that a body at rest tends to remain at rest. The other law is that a body in motion tends to stay in motion. Resolutions being dynamic processes, we always want to opt for the law of inertia that gets us moving. That's the right choice if we want to live life to its fullest. Whether spiritually, physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, or otherwise, we want to always be moving, literally and figuratively.
So that, in a proverbial (coco)nutshell, is what I'll be all about in 2013. The Hawaiian Odyssey continues!
Hubs Related to My Goals for 2013
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