Milt Hankins: I resolve: 10 goals for the New Year
I decided to wait a while before writing my New Year's resolutions because I figured if I found that I had already broken them, there would be no point wasting the space on this column! Most of them I've managed to honor. Here they are:
1. I resolve to lose weight. I started my diet two weeks before New Year's Eve, and am certain I've lost a few pounds. I've not started the exercise part, but I will. And, for my health and well-being, I'm going to get my weight down to where it should be.
2. I resolve to refrain from responding to idiotic statements about our president and his administration. I believe it is the most difficult job in the world, and I'm convinced that President Obama's worst critics couldn't do half the job he's doing. So, why give them my time and energy?
3. I resolve to give more thought to the really important things in life. This means that I'm not going to obsess on the games people play, especially in Washington, D.C.
4. I resolve to "pay it forward" at least once a day. This is a tall order, but it is such an extraordinarily promising concept I am excited about what kinds of things I may do for perfect strangers.
5. I resolve to practice my life motto every day; that is, I will try my best to do the right thing in every situation.
6. I resolve, after 30 years of marriage, to learn how to overlook those things in our marriage which drive me up a wall! Is it really a big deal that she spits cold toothpaste down the sink and clogs the drain? No, not really!
7. I resolve to take time for a self-evaluation of my disgusting habits at least once every month or so.
8. I resolve to adopt an animal that someone has decided they don't want and help that animal. How our cat will adapt to this will be interesting, fun, and definitely her problem!
9. I resolve to become more open-minded, less dogmatic, and re-think those concepts and ideas in my mind that I thought were established.
10. And, I will try once again to be less concerned with the small things in life. I can handle the large crises; it's the little insignificant irritants that drive me up the wall.
I'm almost certain I will not be able to keep all 10 of my resolutions throughout the year 2013, but, I've decided it won't hurt to try. Who knows? Perhaps some people around me will be happier because I am giving them a try. Surely, I can succeed at one or two of them!
Milt Hankins of Ashland, Ky., is a retired minister, theologian and freelance writer.