Posted by: ktzefr | December 30, 2015

15 Wacky New Year’s Resolutions: 2016

Oaxaca lantern; Photo:KFawcett

Oaxaca lantern; Photo:KFawcett

The old year goes away:

  and the things it takes with it,

    what and what are they?


1.  Embrace nightfall.  Rivers, lakes, seas reflecting moonlight.  Lightning bugs.  Candle flames.  Stars.

2.  Start each day with a dream, a memory, and a grateful heart.

3.  Accept that the same creek has both smooth and jagged stones, that the rush of water over time takes away the sharp edges, and that, likewise, old hurts get washed away, too.

4.  Listen.  To old music.  The wind in the trees.  Rain.  Frogs, birds, bugs.  Silence.

5.  Imagine.  A rusted bucket can hold as many roses as the fanciest crystal vase.

6.  Be aware.  A heart can shatter like glass…or sing…or keep secrets…or whisper to God.

7.  Walk.  Thoreau said, “two or three hours’ walking will carry me to as strange a country as I expect ever to see.”

8.  Admire the mango’s attributes —  a little sweet, a little tart, smooth to touch, and a very big heart.

9.  Remember: wherever you go, whatever you do, don’t leave scars.

10. Be transformed.  It may come like an electric shock, a flash of lightning, a secret or a gift.  A bluebird transforms the hay field from silence to song.  It happens on dressed-up Sundays and when honey meets toast.

11. Memories are like photos.  Tangible things.  See and hear and feel and almost…almost touch.  Write them down before they are forgotten, especially those with no photos to accompany them.

12. Recognize magic when I see it.  Sunlight.  Rain.  Eggs and bacon.

13. Tell someone the wildest story I know in the most natural voice I can muster.

14. Travel.  Paul Theroux said, “The best of travel seems to exist outside of time, as though the years of travel are not deducted from your life.”  Think young.  Go someplace and let time stand still.

15. Consider what I learned at six: The joy of biscuits, butter, and hot blackberry jam on a cold, winter morning.  No one remembers the chigger bites and alcohol and endless scratching from picking wild blackberries in the sun.


Maybe not so wacky after all?  What are YOU going to do this time around that you didn’t do last time? 





  1. Never take anything away that you can’t give back.

    • excellent!

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