A family member recently commented on how critical I am. The comment wasn’t meant as criticism but I was taken aback none the less. I don’t feel that I’m overly critical. But then I tried to think of the last time I had something good to say about anything without a caveat. Ohmigosh, she was right!
I began to consider (possibly for the first time) how having a grey to black view of the world might be affecting my general mood and modus operandi, i.e. feelings of doubt and general insecurity, to say nothing of often wobbly decision-making vis a vis self-care.
Then and there I resolved to be better! This is something I can fix, I thought, by, for example, just being more positive!
Then I thought: I should write about this, write positive things, for a year, that would be a good New Year’s resolution (and you know how I like resolutions).
I am pretty sure I’m prepared to write something every day for the next year, and were such writing to be organized, thematically let’s say, it might become something, ostensibly a book, I’m just not so sure about what. Criticality is tricky. You don’t want to give it up entirely and become some sort of fawning dope, but neither do you want to devolve into the Grinch or Scrooge (however innocently).
Which is where you, my family and good friends, come in. I need you to help me decide where on the spectrum between Pollyana and Wicked Witch I should aim.
I’ve created some options below. Please help me by voting for one of the potential themes for my New Year’s project:
- A Year of Thinking Positively 44%, 4 votes4 votes 44%4 votes - 44% of all votes
- A Year of Thinking, Period 22%, 2 votes2 votes 22%2 votes - 22% of all votes
- A Year of Not Thinking 11%, 1 vote1 vote 11%1 vote - 11% of all votes
- A year of what was I thinking when I was sleeping* 11%, 1 vote1 vote 11%1 vote - 11% of all votes
- It's a toss up between #3 and #5..... a year of noticing* 11%, 1 vote1 vote 11%1 vote - 11% of all votes
- A Year of "What was I thinking?!" 0%, 0 votes0 votes0 votes - 0% of all votes
Add your own ideas if you must.
I must say I’m feeling pretty good about this. I can actually imagine writing something on any one of these themes every day for the next 365 days. After all, I’m motivated: I have all of you to account to now.
But of course all I really wanted to say to you is:
Best wishes to you and yours this Holiday Season, and for the New Year ahead (however you may choose to think about it).
P.S. Perhaps you heard David Byrne on CBC this morning (repeated from when? September? How many times? alas, poor pathetic CBC… but that’s a topic/resolution for another time). Anyway, Mr. Talking Head has started a not thematically unrelated magazine: https://reasonstobecheerful.world