It’s a bright shiny new year. 365 days stretch ahead of us like driven snow—sparkly clean and unmarred by our passing.
It’s a time for optimism and hope—unless you happened to catch Armageddon Week on the History Channel. If you did, you know 2012 could be the year of a catastrophic economic meltdown, communication blackouts, The Four Horsemen, and the zombie apocalypse.
Even if none of this happens, it’ll be an election year—which is always rough.
With impending doom and election gloom in mind, it seems to be a good time to go for resolutions that are a bit more practical than get in shape or drop five pounds. So in the spirit of Thomas Cromwell’s “Trust God but keep your powder dry,” here are my resolutions for the year:
- Learn to hotwire a car. Hey, you never know when you’ll have to forage through an onramp of abandoned cars to get out of town.
- Read more. I have to whittle down my “to be read” pile. Otherwise my personal Armageddon could happen when it collapses on me.
- Plant a garden. I like fresh veggies too much to go without when the inherent flaw of “just-in-time” inventory becomes painfully obvious. (And if the year passes without apocalyptic incidents, then I’ll have saved money, been a bit greener and found a way to avoid a few hours of the 24/7 election news).
- Go someplace I’ve not been before. Prague sounds good, but I’m open to suggestions.
- Practice kindness. As a verb, not an abstract idea. Even if the year doesn’t turn out to be a wild ride, we still need all the kindness we can get.
What about you? What are your goals and resolutions for 2012?