“When a person is accountable to someone else for doing what they said they would do, they get stuff done. They make changes they’ve been toying with for years. They reach their goals.”
– Shana Montesol Johnson
Accountability. People can’t help you with achieving anything if they don’t know what you are trying to achieve. Dorothy would still be roaming around Oz if she hadn’t shared her goal of going home with everyone around her, after all.
Some of the items on the list that follows are one-shot deals, others are lifestyle choices I am consciously making that will require sustained effort. And accountability.
The things on this list are obviously personal, some are professionally oriented. Some of them are slam-dunk, one-shot deals while others will require stick-to-itiveness and more concerted effort and accountability. Some of the entries are spiritual, many are fairly esoteric.
New Year’s Resolutions? Not in the traditional sense. I think of this as more of an ‘Intention Martini’- positives are the gin while the not-to-dos are the vermouth. And I like my resolve dry, very dry.
Throughout the coming year, feel free to prod, cajole, remind, opine, encourage, support, and reassure me should I stray or simply get lazy from carrying out the objectives set forth below.
Without further ado:
Do’s, Don’ts and ‘Ehhh…I dunnos’ for 2017
Read more. For fun.
Blog more frequently.
See more movies.
See more good movies
Coin a new phrase, at least once each fiscal quarter.
Be never enough to be too much of a good thing.
Keep my ‘eyes on the prize.’ Unless I am eating out of a box of Cracker Jack.
Finish at least two major writing projects, submit them for publications.
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Build a better, quirkier vocabulary.
Utilize said vocabulary.
Without excessive, superfluous verbiage.
Avoid saying ‘paradigm.’
Unless being sarcastic.
Insert tab ‘A’ into slot ‘B’ with impunity
Keep in mind that sometimes, less is more. More or less.
Avoid referring to others as pedantic.
Avoid being pedantic.
Don’t immediately disregard real-life deus ex machinas.
Read more. For fun.
“Don’t perspire the piddly stuff.”
Adopt ‘Do-overs done right’ as a pseudo-credo.
Fill my spare change bottle. Multiple times.
Make regular, daily contributions to my blessings jar.
If it aint broke, don’t try to fix it. Especially if it is someone else’s.
Teach others how.
Pay it forward
Take a penny, leave a penny.
Sing to grandson Felix via Skype.
Don’t sing to anybody else via Skype.
Don’t say that I’m ‘thinking outside of the box.’ Unless brainstorming with someone who actually lives in a box.
Learn to tie a bow tie.
Wear a bow tie from time to time.
Engage more actively in the Shalom of others.
In 2017, I will measure twice, cut once. Maybe measure three times, on occasion.
Read more books to grandson Felix via Skype, including bedtime stories.
Read bedtime stories via Skype to anybody who asks nicely.
Use the word ‘repugnant’ once in a while. As a noun, gently.
Practice succinctitude. With brevity.
Write more. Read more. Blog more.
Keep issues in perspective
Find other roads less traveled. Take them.
In 2017 I will endeavor to….
Check local listings,
Void where prohibited.
Honor an urge.
Procrastinate less. Or at least, less often.
Partake in more rainstorms.
Right some wrongs
Live a life worth living.