I don’t put much stock in New Year resolutions (or “revolutions,” as I like to call them), but I do think they are a good indicator of a person’s intent to better themselves. Although we’re already a week into 2010, here are a few of the things that I want to work on this year.
Less Facebook, more blogging
I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Sure, it has helped me connect with some people that I might never have gotten to know otherwise, but it also prevents me from doing one of the things I most enjoy – writing.
Stop interrupting people
It pains me to even admit this fault of mine, but I tend to interrupt people when I get carried away in a conversation. Certain situations, such as a group debate or discussion, might necessitate this behavior, but interrupting during a one-on-one conversation is just bad manners. I think the reason I do this is that I’m so busy thinking and calculating about what I’m going to say next that the first hint of a lull or pause in the other person’s voice is all the invitation I need to jump in. I need to work on that.
Get involved in churchy stuff again
I got so burned out on church during the last part of 2009. While I was revved for action throughout most of summer and autumn, I quickly ran out of steam and it was all I could do to drag myself out of bed on Sunday mornings (and there were many weeks when I didn’t).
I’m reminding myself that when I joined last July, I made a commitment to the congregation to be there, to help out, and to do my best to ensure that we keep moving forward.
I made a promise to God nine years ago that I would stop using curse words. It was one of those vows we make in a moment of panic (on an airplane in a storm, in this case) and know as soon as the words come out that it’s going to be next to impossible to keep. Nevertheless, I feel a little pang of remorse every time I use a “bad” word.
I actually think the debate over inappropriate language is interesting, because they are just words after all. Giving one word more weight than another seems a little silly, but I realize the social implications a word can have. I also realize that while saying “shoot” or “fudge” might be a little more socially-acceptable, if the intent is the same, the meaning is the same.
That’s it. Wish me luck. =)