Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Blank Slate

In about six hours that’s what we have. At least that’s how we think about it. NEW year. Epiphany. Resolutions for change. As almost President Barack Obama would put it, we long for change, for the better.

2008 and all the years before started the same way in our minds. The blank slates turned out to have some invisible historical chalk on them that colored each new year. 2009 will be no different with respect to the effect the past has on the future.

Even as babies, we do not have a tabla rosa upon which to build. We have physical and environmental influences that shape us. But, we do have what we have and a mindset that drives us to change for better. We differ on what is “better.”

So, what is better for you? Think about it. Decide how to get it. Follow your plan. The steps? Epiphany, resolution, change. It's that last word that is the hard part. Let me know how you do.


Keith said...

I plan on beating my best time in a half marathon which was 2 hours and 9 minutes. Will it happen? Not sure, but I'm damn well gonna try.

I am also going to try and quit my nasty tobacco habit. I am addicted to Copenhagen but after midnight tonight, I hope to never do it again.

I also plan on being kinder this year and making it a goal to encourage someone EACH day.

Happy New Year Dave.


Sonja's Mom said...

Happy New Year Dave. You have been a source of inspration and enjoyment for me this past year - thank you, and I wish the very best for you in 2009.

dr sardonicus said...

I don't do resolutions, although there's 20 pounds or so in my gut I'd like to be rid of. Happy New Year.

Wendy said...

Great blog!

Ah yes change, it is the most difficult thing we will ever do. In fact that's what a resolution is, just change, and whatever we are changing is just a bounus of the change.

So all our resolutions should be to just change, and if we succeed somewhere along the line we will be better then we were before.

Happy New Year

fermicat said...

Happy New Year.

I don't do resolutions in January. It is cold, dark and depressing enough without the certainty of letting myself down when I can't keep an unrealistic expectation that I am suddenly going to turn over a new leaf. I'm more of a 'start something new in the spring' type of person. I feel much more motivated when I see renewal and new growth all around me. Spring is when I want to try new things and clean out all the cobwebs - mental and otherwise.

Debo Blue said...

No resolutions here either.