Saturday, January 3, 2009

New Year's Resolutions for 2009

Wow, I still cannot believe that it is really 2009 already. It honestly feels like only a few days ago that I was at my amazing church in Michigan, bringing in 2008 with several very dear friends. Gosh, the way time zooms by...

Every year, I make at least one (usually more) resolution. I tend to take them pretty seriously. Last year I made the following resolution:

"My resolution this year is to be non-judgmental and to learn as much as I can about Koreans and their culture/customs. I resolve not to look down on aspects that to me are odd, but instead to accept and attempt to understand. In short, I resolve not to be an ugly American."

I'd say I kept that one better than any resolution I have ever made. Especially my resolutions for 2007, which were to lose weight (does it count if I did it in 2008 instead?) and to find a job in publishing (since I wasn't very specific, does a blog that brings me no money count?). In past years, I have resolved to do things like reach a certain number of poems in my poetry notebooks, write a novel (still waiting), or make dean's list (did it!).

This year, I have made the following resolutions:

1. I resolve to write a book about my year in Korea (as in start it and finish it). Numerous people have suggested this to me, and I myself toyed with the idea all last year. I have a very bad habit of starting to write things and then abandoning them (I'm too much of a perfectionist about my own work), so this one will be tough to keep, but I am going to give it my best effort.

2. I resolve to worry less about the things I cannot alter and to concentrate instead on the things that I can alter.

3. I resolve to commit one random act of kindness for someone else, taking no credit, every day.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"