my new year’s resolutions

yeah, i know it’s already a week into the new year. but i’ve decided to make a list of new year’s resolutions, and you can’t stop me.

here we go:

1. i resolve to replace the roll of toilet paper when it runs out (caveat: this resolution only applies if i am the person upon whom the roll runs out).

2. i resolve to read books.

3. i resolve to play angry birds, words with friends, and a few other games on my iphone and ipad (particularly, i might add, just prior to resolution #1).

4. i resolve to take out the paper and the trash, so i can get some spending cash.

5. i resolve to continue the affection stand-off between myself and our family cockatiel, sammy, whom i visually enjoy, but who bites me whenever i attempt to get near him.

6. i resolve to publish this blog post.

7. i resolve to drink dangerously large quantities of coffee, but rarely after 2pm, because i’m getting old, and it keeps me awake if i have it too late in the day.

8. i resolve to start something new.

9. i resolve to give something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

10. i resolve to make a resolution.

11. i resolve to bring home the bacon, and, occasionally, to fry it up in a pan. but there is a reasonable likelihood that i will not succeed at not letting you forget that you’re a man.

12. i resolve to get on a plane.

13. i resolve to not be afraid of the number thirteen.

14. i resolve to dangle, like a spider on a thread, over the fires of hell.

15. i resolve to listen to this flamenco song my itunes dj is playing right now, and not hit the forward button that move on to the next song, a classic by ‘the alarm’.

16. i resolve to clean up my desk before my construction friend comes in a couple weeks to build me a new desk. or, at least, i resolve to move my piles to the new desk.

17. i resolve to annoy people with my all-lower-case blog typing.

18. i resolve to be too playful, and too serious, and too resolved, and too opinionated, and too pendulum-y, and too prone to hyperbole.

19. i resolve to stub my toe. (i know it will happen, so i might as well get the satisfaction of saying, when it happens, “there! i have now accomplished that resolution!”)

20. i resolve to be present. really. maybe this is the only completely real one on this list. i am so future-oriented in my thinking and dreaming and attention. but i want to be present to every moment of my life.

11 thoughts on “my new year’s resolutions”

  1. Thanks, Marko. As I sit here in the service dept at Honda I find myself resolving to really try to do a cohort w/u soon.

  2. Words With Friends FTW! I’m addicted to that game. But I need a challenge…Jr. High students are way to easy to beat. Hit me up! username: nikomas

  3. love the list…especially since I resolve to not make any resolutions…but I to could resolve to play angry bird…that game is great…I love 16, 18 and 20 is so spot on..

  4. I just read your blog & #20 then opened the daily email from From Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey. Thought you’d like it.

    Living the Moment to the Fullest

    Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.

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