I woke up this morning in pain. My leg has been bothering me for days and just won’t quit.
I made coffee this morning, but I use the term loosely because it tastes bad. That happens at least once a week and has something to do with our water.
My eye still has floaters.
I’m still fat.
So 2009 is off to a less than exciting start. But I don’t care! I’m still excited!
The idea of a new year is invigorating. It’s a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over. Of course the reality is that our past year is still lurking back there making faces at us. Decades of “new years” haunt us and remind us that change is difficult and often doesn’t take place within a calendar’s pages. As I grow older I am less adamant about what I will do in the coming year. I’m less resolute about my resolutions. In fact, this year I just want to be healthy, wealthy, and wise. Or should I say healthier, wealthier, and wiser?
With that preface, I give you my “want list” for 2009. Some things are within my power. Some will have to come from others. Some of my wants are selfish, others are altruistic. Some are rational, some are just plain crazy.
- I want to be healthier. I suppose this is a priority for most people my age. As I approach sixty I pay more attention to the conditions and diseases of those around me, especially those in the 60-70 age bracket. Women in my family typically live to be 80-90. I don’t want the next thirty years of my life to be spent in the doctor’s office. Right now I’m “healthy as a horse” according to my doctor because I seldom get a cold and I have only a few troubling conditions. However, my weight has always been a problem, and that is something within my power to change. My blood pressure is also a problem and that is related to my weight. I’m not going to vow here and now that I will lose fifty pounds by June. That has never worked for me before, and I doubt it will work this year. But I can make small changes, just as I have successfully done in the past. This year I’m adding more fruit to my diet. I like fruit, but for some reason it has slipped away from my daily diet. So this week my shopping list included apples, pears, canned pineapple, frozen blueberries, and raisins. I’ve been tossing a few raisins on my salad, adding blueberries to my cereal, eating fruit for an afternoon snack. Will I be healthier? I don’t know, but fruit seems like a good idea. Variety is good for us, and if I eat more fruit there will be less room in my stomach for French fries!
- I want to read more comments from YOU. This is not within my power, but it would certainly make me happier. I know I have many loyal readers, and some of you email me, but the comment button is down there for a reason. Interaction spurs more interaction. Your comments and ideas give me ideas. And I like hearing about your life! So do me a favor and leave me a comment! Let’s make this a place to share views!
- I want to get out of debt. Yeah, me and ten billion other people! I’m not a big spender, but there are ways I can quit wasting my money. There are things I can change. There are ways I can even make a little more money. I want to put aside more for my retirement. I want to help a few more people. I want to have a few more things, like a new computer. I need to re-read Dave Ramsey!
- I want my children to be happier. Again, not within my power, but I know each of them has one or two problems that are plaguing them and I pray that those problems are solved in 2009.
- I want our town to grow…at least a little. I don’t want Caddo to become one of those ghost towns where things used to happen. 2008 has been a rough year. I want 2009 to be a little better and I want someone to believe in us.
- I want to learn something new. I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a class or activity to join. There are always spring “community” classes through our local college. I’m going to read the catalog more carefully this year.
- I want to find a new church family. We’ve visited around the county and haven’t found a home church yet. It bothers me that I can’t seem to trust another congregation after what happened in our church. I should be over the hurt by now. I should be ready to move on. I want to do that in 2009. I want to belong somewhere.
- I want to be a better teacher. I AM a good teacher. But there are ways I can improve. I don’t want to become satisfied and settled in my ways. I want to be alert for new methods that might help my students.
- I want to write more. I say this every year. And I think I do write a bit more each year. However, I still watch far too much television. Television time is wasted time! I need to be in front of this screen, not that other one! (Survivor night being the exception to the rule. One cannot have deep meaningful thoughts to write about without watching a few mindless shows depicting the degradation of mankind.)
- I want to be more deliberately thoughtful. I wrote about this recently. I want to make my life more meaningful and I think the only way to accomplish that is by helping others.
I’m stopping at ten, even though I could probably go on. Ten is one of those numbers we like. A group of ten is natural and definitive. It feels complete if our list makes it to ten. So I will leave you with my ten wants.
Happy New Year!
What do YOU want?