Last year I made a bunch of resolutions and published them in this space.
Before resolving anything this year, I thought I’d better grade myself on last year’s performance.
Here are the results, vetted by someone who knows me well enough to know.
Reduce, reuse, recycle: A
Take trains or transit instead of the car: A+
Bike or walk wherever and whenever possible: A
Avoid pop, candy and salty snacks: B-
Drink no more than one coffee per day: C
Drink less beer: D
Eat less meat: B
Keep “date night” sacred: C
Avoid situations that compromise discipline: C+
Make constant improvements to the home: B+
Be there for friends and family: B+
Camp, hike, and canoe often: B-
Work at writing, music, and performance: A
Avoid over-commitment: C+
Sleep sufficiently: B
Listen well: B-
Communicate clearly: B+
Avoid rudeness: B+
Pet the cat: A-
I’ve never had such a bad report card in my life; on the other hand, I give myself an A for picking mostly the right things to work on. And the goals were pretty lofty, I admit.
Being honest about the problems is essential to their solution.
Happy New Year-