It was during New Yearâ€™s Eve dinner with a bunch of old and new friends (chin chin!) that I realized Iâ€™d been so focused on closing out 2009, that I hadnâ€™t really given much thought to the coming year beyond realizing that we are apparently breaking patterns and going with â€œtwenty-ten.â€ We were going around the table introducing ourselves (I know itâ€™s kinda corny, but most folks were several sheets to the wind at that point, so it was actually kinda hilarious) and nearly everyone had some slogan that would kick in at midnight. One friend resolved to be â€œThin Again in 2010,â€ another was shooting for â€œNo Boys, Only Men in 2010â€â€”you get the idea. But when it was my turn to speak, I didnâ€™t have a clever slogan to spit, rhyming or not.
Itâ€™s not that I donâ€™t want great things for myself and my family this year, but I guess I felt that I was carrying so many old battles with me into the new year that there was no need to add more to the list. On the personal level, we relocated to the Washington, DC-area a few days before Christmas (â€œThe Urrreaâ€ to my fellow HU alums), and though I think it was nothing short of divine intervention that put us in our new home, Iâ€™m here to tell you that moving across state lines ainâ€™t no punk. If I told you we were settled, Iâ€™d be a lie; Iâ€™m still stubbing toes on boxes at every turn. Not to mention that I have no fewer than five articles due over the next two weeks, and my book is due to my editor on Fridayâ€”all things that I started last year and brought into the new year. Thatâ€™s not me complaining, thatâ€™s just real talk. Thinking outside myself, the healthcare reform bill has still not made it to President Obamaâ€™s desk; much to my dismay, said president is very much a â€œwar presidentâ€, grrrrr; mainstream (and social) media is turning us all into mindless idiots (no really); and people are quoting fâ€™ing Ray J! Who needs to add more drama to that mix?
But of course, to call it drama is to forget that my challenges are some of the most awesome blessings I could encounter, and to call my challenges battles is to assume that the goals I set will be difficult to achieve. And that, my friends, is not how I like to operate. Positive thinkingâ€”combined with hard workâ€”manifests a positive reality, or something like that. So Iâ€™m officially checking myself. I will be resolute about what I want this year, and knowâ€”not hopeâ€”that things will fall into place. Come on stress-free days, a healthy family, another book deal, a more curious/concerned/conversant populace and world peaceâ€¦!
What are you going to be resolute about this year? Got a slogan to propel you? Just upset that â€œkeep it 100â€ appears to be creeping into the lexicon and wanna rant about it? Do tell!
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