1. I will not take anything for granted.
If, in fact, I ever figure out exactly what that means.
2. I will let the future take care of itself. And if it doesn’t,
I will continue to live in the past until I’m confident that it will.
3. I will let bygones be bygones, since they already are anyway.
4. I will no longer hope for the best.
I will hope for the second best because that will leave some room for improvement.
5. I will leave politics to the politicians and curb my inclination to expose them. They are doing a pretty damn good job of exposing themselves.
6. I will speak only of what I know. What I don’t know can wait until I do.
Or until it just becomes readily apparent to everyone.
7. I will only think good thoughts. All of the other thoughts can be thought by more qualified thinkers than myself, whoever they are.
8. I will be grateful for what I have. And for what I don’t have.
9. I will only criticize the critical. Or those deserving of criticism. Or those who criticize those undeserving of criticism. Well, in any event, I’ll find somebody to criticize. And somebody not to criticize.
10. I will apologize to everyone I can think of this year, including myself.
That should make up for all the people who have never apologized to me, or to anyone else. For anything. Ever.
11. I will do my best to be guided by faith.
So if your faith contradicts my faith, I’ll have faith that your faith will eventually guide you to my faith, or mine to yours, so that we don’t have to disagree about faith anymore.
12. I will try to be more generous with my opinions. Which means that you might get even more sick of me in 2012 than you did in 2011.
And Have A Happy New Year.