Thursday, December 29, 2005

Random Stuff At Year's End

Thought about posting New Year’s Resolutions today, but I’ve got this theory that writing them down just sets you up for failure. Not that I’ve ever actually made a list, so I can't say I have empirical evidence to back up my theory. I’m going with my gut here.

After all, what am I gonna write?

Lose weight? That’s an annual “given.” Putting it on a list ain’t gonna make it any more (or less) doable. ( that a word?).

Write more? Uh-huh. I will, I will.

Blah, blah, blah. So much for resolutions. Is there anyone in the history of the world who’s ever kept one? Nah, I didn’t think so.

Another topic I thought about for today has to do with religion. Now, I’ve been trying to keep religion and politics out of this blog (sex is fair game, but since I’m not having any, it doesn’t seem to come up too often--but, I digress).

Anyway, I have a lot of on-line relationships with writing buddies I’ve never met. As you might expect, sometimes bad things happen in their lives. Parents die, spouses get sick, tragedies befall their children…and when something dreadful has been announced in a post to the board, I never know what to say. A lot of people write “Your family is in my prayers” but, for some reason, I’m not comfortable with that. Not that I’m some agnostic pagan—or that I don’t care about these faceless strangers. It’s just that I’ve already got a rather lengthy list, and I can’t promise to remember each and every person I’ve met on-line who’s going through tough times. Plus, I’d feel bad (greedy, maybe) throwing in a generic line asking God to look out for everyone I know (either personally or through cyberspace). Anyway, just something that’s been on my mind.

Last, but proverbially not least, I have some news to share. Oh, it’s not publishing news—all those people are on holiday--so don’t get too excited. Still…did you know Google is better than a way-way-back machine? I mean, you can find anything there. Cool stuff like my mother’s unclaimed $468—she’s been dead 42 years—and long, lost, friends. Lucky for me, today I found both (waving madly at Cynthia)!

So, do me a favor. Make this coming year the one you reach out and cyber-touch someone you’ve meaning to track down for ages.

In fact, make it one of your New Year’s resolutions. But, please. For the love of you-know-who, don't write it down.

If all else fails, and you're really stuck for a resolution of your own, go here.


John said...

See previous blog. I ...... the resolutions. Hope it doesn't spoil it for you.

John said...

Here is my resolution from your link:

In the year 2006 I resolve to:
Pass kindergarten on the 5th attempt.

I can safely write this one, although I did honestly flunk out of kindergarten.