I’ve never been one to make resolutions. I suppose I’ve thought about them before. The beginning of the year is a nice time to make a fresh start. It seems resolutions don’t usually stick, based on what y’all have told me in the past, so I can’t decide if I should even bother.
There are a lot of good ideas out there, though. We could all stand to exercise more. No one’s diet is perfect. Let’s eat better. I’d love to have a more organized house. Clutter free for everyone! I think we’re supposed to drink a lot of lemon water, too, unless you’re drinking that nasty LaCroix to curb a Diet Coke habit. It’s an acceptable alternative. Social media causes depression, so that’s out, too.
That’s not to say these things aren’t exciting. Good health is a good thing. Taking care of yourself is important. Do all of those things, and more, and if a fresh start for 2018 is your best motivation, go for it. As they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Who is “they” anyway? I mean, they’re right, but who are they?
Don’t forget the rest, y’all. Take care of others. Be kind. Most of us aren’t happy with the political climate, both locally and at the national level, but arguing and name calling won’t change a thing.
Volunteer in your hometown. There’s plenty to do, and you won’t have to spend more than your time. You’ll feel better. Everyone has something to give. Trust me. You do.
Smile often. It helps. I am afflicted with resting you-know-what face, and even if I’m happy on the inside, I’ve been asked, “what’s wrong,” more times than I care to count. I get it. You run the risk of a fake creeper-like smile, but if you smile, others will, too. Trust me.
Give a bigger-than-usual tip. If you don’t believe me, and don’t want to tip, you probably shouldn’t be going out to eat. I’m not asking you to do it every time, but if you’re eating out, be mindful of the folks making sure you have a good experience.
Wave when someone lets you out in traffic. Why don’t people always do this? We’re all in a hurry some of the time.
Accept apologies. When someone apologizes, let it go. We all know it isn’t easy to do. Relationships won’t necessarily be perfect with a little five-letter word (s-o-r-r-y), but move on. They tried.
Apologize. If it doesn’t work, so be it. You did your best. You tried.
Don’t be so quick to judge. Not everything needs a diagnosis. Just because it’s not your way doesn’t mean it’s the wrong way.
Stop blaming everyone else. Get to work.
Take care of the people who take care of you. If they don’t take care of you, they might not be your people.
Love your people. Hug your people. Have fun with your people. Let go of plans from time to time. Be spontaneous. Remember that life is short and moments are fleeting. We may not get that second chance. 2018 is in your hands. You know what’s in mine? A nice glass of bubbly. Cheers to you and yours, y’all. Happy new year!