Every year, millions of people make resolutions to do things, lose things, make things...and so on. I've been one of those people. I have succeeded in some, but mostly, haven't fulfilled them. Like so many others, I have good intentions, but life just takes over sometimes. You get busy. You get distracted. Or, you just realize it isn't that important anymore. There are certain resolutions I just can't make b/c I know, without a doubt, that I won't follow through. Dieting is the main one. I love to eat and if I want the pie, I'm gonna eat the damn pie. I don't smoke. I don't drink enough to say I ought to cut back. I don't drink soda or really like too many sweets, so that is not an issue. I have already started reading more and definitely writing more. So, it left me thinking, "what could I choose to do that would make me a better person in the year 2012?"
With much thought, I realized it isn't about me. At least it shouldn't be. If I want to be a better person, I have to do so in actions. That means, being a better person to others. So, without making some unrealistic goal of "do one nice thing per day for someone" (let's face it, we have bad days and life goes on), I am going to make a resolution to be more patient. I know, as a teacher, you would think I already am. And with kids, I usually am. But, with adults, I tend to be much more easily frustrated. This year, I want to be more patient with adults, more understanding with what others have to say or need. And hopefully, I'll learn to be more patient with myself along the way.