What are your New Year Resolutions? UPDATED

In the comments section, Dry Valleys (a lovable resident lefty who admits he doesn’t know how he has ended up hanging out here so often and actually enjoying it) mentioned New Year’s Resolutions, and I thought – what a good idea, why didn’t I think of that?

I’d love to hear what everyone is resolving to do this year. As usual, I am resolving to do better on my diet (I have made a good start in December, actually) and to be more disciplined in both spiritual and physical exercise.

But my most earnest resolution – because it is what needs serious addressing – is my attitude. I need to be less pissy, less bitchy, less impatient, and more grateful, more aware of my blessings, and, of course, more patient. I need to listen better and shut up more. I need to be a little more thoughtful to those around me, a little more sensitive to their needs.

Basically, I need to stop being such a social and familial klutz. I don’t know how my family can bear me. I don’t know how my husband can stand me. I can barely stand myself. This morning, after mass, I went to confession and told the priest, essentially, “bless me father, for I have been SUCH a grouch, and totally failing in love, at home, at work…”

Also, I intend to take this very sane and healthy advice from Marcus Aurelius:

“Take away the complaint, ‘I have been harmed,’ and the harm is taken away,”

How about you? Seriously, now, what are your New Year’s Resolutions?

I like this one.

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