Seven Resolutions

January 2, 2020

I take New Year’s resolutions somewhat seriously.

That doesn’t mean I stick to my resolutions.  If I did that, I would be superhuman.  Most people (including me) who make resolutions don’t get through January.

It does mean, however, that I a) think about resolutions;  b) try to pick things that are at least somewhat meaningful; and c) try to pick things that are realistic.  I also try as hard as I can to keep the resolutions I make.  Once in a while, I’m successful.

For example, I want to try playing pickle ball.  But “start playing pickle ball in 2020” is not a resolution, it’s just a statement of intent.  There is nothing stopping me from taking it up.  A resolution should call for some degree of difficulty.

With all that said, I have seven resolutions that I am willing to make public:

  1. Break 100 for 18 holes of golf.  I’ve broken 50 for nine holes a few times but not for 18.  This is the year.
  2. Swim 150 miles.  That’s about 13-15 times a month with allowances for vacations and other road trips.
  3. Lower blood pressure.  It’s too high. I want to get it down to the old levels (120/70 or thereabouts).  This will mean taking the prescribed medications and cutting down on sodium.  I’m trying other things, including a dry January, and losing a few pounds as well.
  4. Get better at the piano.  Realistically, this means taking lessons and practicing at least an hour a day.  I’ve been on the same plateau forever and am thoroughly bored with it.
  5. Find a worthwhile volunteer activity.  I have it narrowed down to working for Habitat, teaching ESL or tutoring in English/reading/writing.
  6. Socialize more.  I’m going to try to take someone to lunch every month in addition to pursuing other continuing activities such as bridge.
  7. Bill 80 hours a month.  This would be more than I did in 2019 and will mean pursuing some new business.

I have a couple of other things I don’t want to disclose, but this is basically the list.  We’ll see.

A happy and prosperous 2020 to all!



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