No Sudden Moves

I decided that I'm not making resolutions for 2021.  Why?  Because that would indicate that I feel a sense of stability, and that I have control over my destiny.  If I have learned anything from 2020, it's that best-laid plans gang aft a'gley.  Or something.

I can't control most of the things that happen in this world.  What I can control is my reaction to those things.

Here are a few of the things I can control:

1. My diet.

2. My finances.

3. My work.

4. My leisure time.

5. My part of relationships with other people.

6. Whether I answer my phone or not.

7. How clean my house is (or isn't).

8. How much news and social media I consume.

9. My health and safety practices.

10. Who influences me.

I can't control other people, and their versions of the above.  Influence, sure - but control is a no-go.  See #10.

So, rather than resolutions, my plan for 2021 is to be a good manager of those ten items above.  Answering the phone as a knee-jerk is one habit I am really trying to break.  Sometimes, it's not a good time, and I can let it go to voicemail.  I don't have to eat a cold dinner, or delay starting a movie, or whatever because my phone rings. 

I want to keep doing well and having fun at work.  And I want to maintain my close friendships, cultivate some newer friendships, and stay away from the virus.  I also want another six donations year with the Red Cross, if possible.  It may time out to five, but that's fine.

But mostly, I want to eat more veggies, drink more water, get more fresh air, sunshine and activity.  I want to keep my mind active, healthy, and working creatively.  

I want to love my family, pet my dog, and remember that I am enough just like I am.

I want to do all of those things with care and prudence until we've all been vaccinated, and even thereafter.

I want to fact-check, avoid speculation and gossip, and try for truth, data and hope.

So, not resolutions per se - just a list of my capabilities and priorities.  You know, basically... rebranded resolutions.

But at least it wasn't another year of me posting with the title "You Say You Want a Resolution?" and thinking I'd never done that before.



My one point agenda for 2021 is to start transitioning into a career as a full time professional author. There must be some way to make a living at that.