New Year's Resolutions for 2012
Revelers cheer behind police barricades In Times Square in New York on December 31, 2011.
YEAR OF 2012
Geib's 2012 New Year's Resolutions!
What should I do? Where to go?
How to live?
"Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed."
- Do not mistake the forest for the trees!
As the significant stress and pains of having younger children begin to recede, don't let this miasma of general stress and overwhelmedness obscure the significant specific joys of moment-to-moment happiness of father-daughter interactions. It will go quickly, never to return.
STATUS: As well as can be expected in the chaos of the moment. Even in difficult moments I know in my bones I am lucky to have my family.
- Undivided time and attention.
Julia and Elizabeth Anne have never heard me say, "I can't! I have to grade papers!" Keep it that way: family first. Stay present ("mindful") of children and wife, Maria.
STATUS: Girls have gotten my best moments, and none can complain of having been slighted in time or attention.
- No more caffeine!
- Transition year
Get Julia comfortably into kindergarden and Elizabeth Anne into preschool.
STATUS: Success, but not without stress and growing pains. But things progress apace.
- PRC day care
Elizabeth Anne needs to make her peace in being under the control of adults other than just her parents.
STATUS: Success! Only a few hiccups.
- Continue significant gains in physical conditioning, without getting injured.
In the last four months it seems as if you are just one step away from an injury, and you are not twenty years old anymore; so build patiently on last year's gains, while exercising as smart as you do hard. See the long view. Allow your body enough time for recovery, stretch always, and build, build, build! Listen to your body as you stress it. Listen! And then consolidate and move forward.
STATUS: Gains continue, but there is still living on the very verge of injury constantly. Much more attention payed to "prehabilitation" -- stretching muslcles before sleep at night, core and Pilates constantly, "monster walk," and constant icing. Still, need to consolidate gains so as to build a stronger base and prevent injury.
- Get feet back under oneself!
- A no-brainer financially with these interest rates.
STATUS: In process.
- Make a will and advanced directive for medical care
- With just a wee bit of better planning and a jot of research and thought, you could less often resort to eating meals you have already eaten far too often. And bring some of those meals to school for lunch! Involve Maria.
STATUS: Sucess, insofar as my measly thirty minute lunch break allows. Consolidate and build on gains for 2013, especially in evening meals.
Make some kind of dent in the "to read" book pile
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