Living Simply

Of New Years, Resolutions, and To-Don’t Lists

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice.” — T.S. Eliot

My new year always starts in December. I try my best during this month not to take on any new projects or commitments. I’ve just spent the previous 11 months taking on far more than I should (it’s a weakness. Everything looks shiny!)  Now it’s time to clear the decks so that once again I can give in to the tempting projects that 2013 will dangle in front of my nose. There’s no use in resolving not to take on new things. I know myself too well. Besides, I enjoy them!

And so I shall continue to knock longstanding projects off my to-do list, and revel in seeing it shrink. December-me finds doing that addictive and exhilarating.

The second phase of my New Year tradition is to take a vacation the first week of the new year.  It’s not for traveling – it’s for me sliding into the new year on my own terms, ignoring the clock, not feeling rushed, letting my mind settle, and just enjoying a week of being free of that dratted to-do list.  I shall live by the rules of the magical to-don’t list.

But you just know that somewhere in the second week of 2013, sometime REALLY shiny is going to reflect it’s light right into my eyes. And off we go again.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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