Am I the only one who's noticed that the joke's on us? That the the term "resolution" comes from the root word "resolve", and that the word resolve* means RE-SOLVE, or in other words, to SOLVE AGAIN (don't check your dictionary, just take my word for it, please). So at the beginning of a new year we all make lists of how to solve the same problems over again. Because we failed last year. Obviously. New Years Try Again, Losers (and fail again, too!) might be a more fitting term.
I've been inspired by so many of my friends who've made lists and really enjoyed reading them, so I will post my own to look back on next year, before I type them up again at the beginning of next January. So here is my list of problems to try solving again:
I'm getting tired of being dumbish. I've always wanted to know more stuff, but always been too lazy to learn it (I just want to know it, please). This year
* study scriptures NOT for a few minutes before I fall asleep, but in the morning when I'm not half asleep. This might be easier because we've already started being ready for school early and spending that last ten minutes or so before Greg takes the kids to school sitting together in a quiet living room, each doing our personal scripture study. I LOVE this.
* Do more than a quick scan of Wikipedia when I want to know about something. I do that far too often. I will research subjects that interest me in more detail. I will also learn more about things that other people know/think they know so I can be better informed.
* Read fewer status updates/comments and more non-social-type writings.
* Learn how to do things. On the computer/phone, playing basic hymns on the piano and maybe the ukulele if Evie ever gets off long enough for me to learn. Etc.
STOP BAKING SO MUCH:
I always think it's so funny when people tell me that the wished they baked more.
Bake dessert no more than twice, and a sweet breakfast (muffins/scones) only once, per week. I've made this resolution before and only lasted for a few weeks. I will do better.
I don't sit down very much, but I also spend very little time making my heart pump rapidly.
Get out on my own or with Greg and walk fast at least 15 minutes a day (preferably 30+) after the kids get home and we've chatted over their lunch. I am exempt on days when the blizzard is so fierce that a person cannot move in any direction. Or when there is a flood, fire, tornado or hurricane. Or earthquake.
TEACH MY KIDS MORE:
I've been getting better at this, but ohmygosh I have a long way to go.
Teach Aaron the alphabet/reading basics, whether he wants to learn or not.
Talk to Aaron and Spence more about things as we go along.
Start more discussions with Ev and Dave. Have more gospel-centered conversations.
EXPRESS MY OPINION LESS OFTEN:
for Pete's sake.
On facebook. Even when people say dumb or offensive things.
And in real life. I'll stop myself when I feel a room going quiet and realize that I'm expressing my opinion about something as if it is the Holy Truth. (although I still call some of those things holy truth. Like how Poles should not pee in plain sight on the side of the road. :)
On my blog, however, I will write whatever I want.
BE MORE EASY GOING:
Stop acting like everything matters so much.
Forgive more easily.
Let other people decide things more often.
Never lose my temper.
Well, that oughtta do it! Wish me luck!!
*and to those who are saying, "doesn't resolution come from resolute?" I say, "Don't sass me."