OK, so everyone makes and breaks New Year’s resolutions, but it doesn’t stop us from trying again the next year. Last year, I posted 4 resolutions, kept one of them for the whole year, and kept two others for long enough to do some good. So, ladies and gentlemen, here we go again:
1. I will attempt to enjoy my freedoms as an American citizen in a special way this year. Each week, I will try to do something that is perfectly legal in the USA, but could get me arrested, beaten, imprisoned, or even executed in some other country. I will try not to record repeat offenses, but come up with something new every week. Lord willing, I will update you all periodically on my progress.
2. I will attempt to lose 15 pounds. I just weighed in at 180 pounds, in my underwear (yeah that’s too much information), after a Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, and New Year’s full of self indulgence.
Losing weight is a common New Year’s resolution, but the real battle here will be against laziness and gluttony. Some people can blame their weight on their metabolism, but I am not one of them. I think St. Paul said something about “the sins of some men go ahead of them, and the sins of others trail behind.” If you take that in a thick-headedly literal sense, gluttony can go either way.
3. I will attempt, once again, to read the Koran and blog about it. I tried this last year, and I didn’t get too far. I read a few Suras of it, took a few notes, and I wrote nothing.
4. There is an area in my house that I could call the “Graveyard for unfinished projects.” This is where some old projects (typically involving guy hobbies like model airplanes) have gone to fester. I will attempt to revive these projects and finish them (with the aid of interested and capable little hands), thus reclaiming some living space.