I just wrote a long post about how I never keep my resolutions because I make 1,000 resolutions a year anyway and I'm so forgetful that few ever stick. My tone was defeatist. I decided not to spread that vibe around. New way of saying the same thing:
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
I made a resolution and maybe I will do it and maybe I will do something else. Maybe I should be ok with the fact that I'm not very good at bossing myself around and predicting how I will want to spend my time for the next year.
Given that, I would like to share something that I intend to make a habit but it may very well be a spurt. Habits may be better than spurts but spurts are good too. I was just telling someone who is trying to quit smoking that if they don't succeed, they still didn't smoke for as many days as they were a successful quitter and that in itself has merit. Ten days of not smoking is always a good thing even if the intention was a lifetime of not smoking.
The thing I would like to do is become better at showing people I care about them. The tool I am using for this mission is good old pen and paper. Mom and I received many sympathy notes and letters full of good memories and I was given the care package to which all other care packages should aspire. I realized that I want to write nice notes on a regular basis. I spend a lot of time thinking how much I miss someone, how lucky I am to be their friend, how thankful I am for a favor they did for me, how I need to apologize for something. I'm going to try to write it in a note and send it when I think it.
To make this mission even more pleasurable and simple, I put all the ingredients together in a nice box I found at the thrift store. No more rummaging around for a stamp or losing the address; everything I need to send a letter is in the box and all I need are a few words to say. I rarely run out of words.
I've already written three letters this year. I think I wrote two in the entirety of 2011.