I’m no fan of new year’s resolutions. I think individuals should resolve to improve on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, not yearly. But I am big believer in learning from the previous year, which brings me to my list of top educational attainments and the last post of 2007.
- More really is merrier.
I’m the proud father of two girls instead of one as of October. Before the latest arrival (Hi, Maddie!), I errantly thought that two kids would double the parenting workload. In reality, it feels more like a 1.5 workload with a 2.5 return. Challenging, yes, but even more rewarding than I imagined.
- I don’t read enough books.
I purchased roughly 12 books from Amazon this year — I read 2. I do read daily, but it’s low-calorie popcorn articles, not fine literary text. Junk food reading can only take you so far. I want to read more fiction.
- I don’t play enough with my girls.
Maddie, my two-month old, lights up when I look at her. Sadie, my two-year old, always wants to play. When I oblige, she is delighted, and that makes me feel overjoyed. I’m no Blackberry (or laptop) father, but I can be.
- My spiritual progress tanked this year.
While my professional career and marriage improved over the last 12 months, I selfishly deprived myself of significant eternal nourishment. It feels like pablum, now, and that’s all my fault.
- “Turning a negative into a positive” is more than a stale expression.
On three separate occasions this year, I carelessly wronged three online publishers while freelance writing at a fourth publisher. When each contacted me by email, seeking amends, I was quick to apologize and correct the situation to their satisfaction. I even had the gumption to ask if I could work for them. Two out of three accepted my offer, and became two of my largest accounts this year.
- It pays to be unorthodox.
Lindsey and I have owned two cars, like the majority of Americans, since shortly after celebrating our first anniversary — partly for necessity, but mostly for convenience. After analyzing our situation (I work from home and email-commute), we reluctantly (though thankfully) broke tradition and put our second car (which has remained parked for years) to good use — we liquidated it.
Happy new year, everyone! And thanks for reading Smooth Harold.