There are self-help gurus out there who lament the concept of the New Year’s Resolution, claiming it creates undue pressure and impossible expectations. We say phooey to that—in our estimation, pressure creates diamonds (not to mention grilled cheese sandwiches, smash burgers, etc.), and in the interests of continual self-improvement here are some steps we will be taking in 2023 to ensure we are reaching our potential while still smelling better.
We have been told that Homer’s “The Odyssey” is pretty good. And another pass through that dog-eared “Jaws” paperback certainly couldn’t hurt. We can also recommend without reservation the Chrysler Full-Size Trucks (1967-1988) Repair Manual from the Chilton Total Car Series of Manuals (1st Edition).
LOSE A FEW POUNDS
Just a few—which as it turns out is about .0577 pounds a week, which certainly seems manageable.
GIVE TO CHARITY
The Gary Sinise Foundation is one of our favorites. Also recommended: all the lemonade stands at the ends of driveways across the country run by enterprising young folks.
LIMIT SCREEN TIME
This should be easy. We just installed one of those squirrel-proof, mega bird feeders in the backyard, and, gentlemen, we can confirm that it is better than a week-long American Pickers marathon.
COMMIT TO A DAILY GRATITUDE PRACTICE
What is Duke Cannon thankful for today? Today, folks, he’s thankful for his commercial 3-stage snowblower.
COMPLIMENT YOURSELF AND SOMEONE ELSE EVERY DAY
“My, do I ever look handsome in this welding mask.” “Ma’am, you did an exemplary job fitting your SUV into that relatively small parking space.” These are just some thought starters to get you firmly in the wheelhouse; feel free to add and embellish.
LEARN A NEW RECIPE EVERY MONTH
Word to the wise: there are at least 12 ways of preparing Goulash.