As is tradition, many people make New Year's resolutions. For many people, a New Year's resolution is about doing something new, or stopping something or breaking a habit. Typically this is done with a view improving one's situation in life. Typically these resolutions have something to do with health, diet, and exercise. Others may have to do with work, or family relationships.
I find that this kind of resolution necessitates that your current position is not "good enough." There is so much focus on "what I do not like about myself","what I am bad at","what I need to do to be as good as others."
Rather than focussing on just the negatives, this should be a time to reivew ones long term plans, and review the actions ones needs to follow through upon in order to achieve them. This could range from completing a particular course (towards a degree or career advancement) or re-upholstering the couch (towards getting the perfect house.) From this, one should compile ones's goals for the year and then develop a year plan to ensure these are going to be completed. If there are financial costs involved, these should also be accounted for in your monthly budget plan.
With something as simple as a silly New Years resolution managed properly, you can look forward to achieving your life-long goals each and every year.
Why do we blog? Blogging has become a popular means for communicating to the world at large. Every person is, justifiably, an author and sees himself as a journalist.
I read an article on Nic Harlalomous' blog. In this article Nic mentions he intends "Writing for people and writing about things that people like to read" What struck me about this was how it jarred with my personal objective of blogging. I have no intention of writing for people and about things that people like to read. I would be very excited at the notion that people all over the world look forward to the arbitrary thoughts that I might choose to share with the world, but the reality and purpose of my blog is to "write for me and to write about things that I want to tell the world."
Each to his own I guess.
|We live in a consumer society. While this is not new to many of us, I think very few of us are aware of how much the consumer mindset has infiltrated our daily lives.
I have recently noticed how often people expect things to be done for them, but when presented the opportunity to make a contribution to the solution, suddenly every plausible excuse surfaces. Many organisations, which rely on the support of volunteers, are floundering because they are not getting the hands required to get the job done.
Have you been at a homeowners meeting and noticed the dirth of volunteers after all the residents have spent an hour complaining about issues? The list of such examples I can think of endless, but I have no intention to bore you all.
My theory is that in our consumer society, we are destroying the culture of "production" - how many people do you know have a vegetable garden? how many people do you know are carpenters? How many have hobbies that do not involve tv, computers or books, but instead involve the collection of stamps, trinkets or anythig else. Even gardening is becoming less accessible, courtesy of the high-density living we have today. Lets take it to the extreme - when last did you wash your own car ??
Our lives are so full and busy that we are geared to getting the most we can out of the shortest possible time. But what can you do ? Here are some ideas: