COLUMN: Ready for a new year of resolutions


Resolutions, goals, objectives, call them want you want, this is the time to decide what you want to accomplish in the new year.

Many of my resolutions have stayed the same for the past 20 years, and for good reason. I fail to achieve my goals and have to keep setting the same objectives year after year.

Maybe if my list of resolutions were to be shorter, I’d do better. There wouldn’t be so much to accomplish. I live in hope.

Here is my shorter 2022 list:

• I resolve to stop procrastinating, something I’ve done all my life. In school I waited until the last second to write my book reports. That’s because I waited until the last minute to read the book. Thankfully, I’m a fast reader.

Unfortunately, I’m a slow writer. It takes me, for example, three to four hours to write my newspaper column. I bet you can guess when I start to write my column.

In case I don’t succeed with my anti-procrastination resolution, I have a plan B. I resolve to write faster.

• Speaking of writing, I resolve that 2022 is the year I finish the book I’ve been working on. I’d be embarrassed to tell you how long I’ve been in the process of writing “I Used To Think I’d Live Forever, But Now I’m Not So Sure,” which is a memoir. So I won’t say. 

This, however, is the year I finish, especially since I will be writing faster.

• I’ve become a glass half empty kind of person. I blame Covid for that. I resolve to return to being a glass half full person. I will say it’s partly sunny, not partly cloudy.

• I resolve to stop getting upset with the Yankees and Giants. These guys fail and I’m upset for days. They smile all the way to the bank. I should spend more time reading books and less time watching sports.

• Speaking of books, I have resolved to read one book a week for the next 52 weeks. I’m off to a good start.

I’m half finished with the 264-page “The Monastic Heart” by Joan Chittister, a nun. The book, states its cover, “sounds the call to create a monastery within ourselves - to cultivate wisdom and resilience so that we may join God in the work of renewal, restoration, and justice right where we are.” 

The book isn’t a page turner, but it is interesting. By the time you have finished reading this, I will have finished reading that and gone on to a page turning spy thriller. 

If there’s one resolution I am confident about keeping it’s my reading resolution. I’ve been successful in doing this in past years and there’s no reason I can’t do it again, especially since I will be watching less sports on television.

• I resolve to continue not to smoke cigarettes. I’ve been successful in this promise since 1981 and see no reason why this should change in 2022. Yes, it has been many years, but former smokers can never let their guard down, not for a second.

I know one person who quit for 15 years. Then he was going to have “just one” cigarette. There is no such thing. He is now smoking a pack a day. 

• I resolve to visit the graves of family and friends more often. I didn’t set foot in a cemetery last year. There is no excuse. 

That’s my resolution list. I am not optimistic.

Scratch that. That’s the old 2021 me talking. The new 2022 me says I am optimistic. 


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