What’s your thinking about the New Year?

Every year,  since I read Ayn Rand for the first time, I have created goals and objectives to change my life. Every year except for the last two years; I wonder why I didn’t. I don’t have any reason except that I was lazy and decided to live for the moment rather than improving myself.

This year I intend to revive and retrieve old habits and get off my behind and improve myself and my condition. I can’t tell you what I choose because every time I tell people, I falter and never finish what I started.  I am not deterred by that because my experience has been that if I choose 5 things to focus on and I am successful with two or three then I have done well.

When other people know what I am focused on, I feel pressured to live up to some pre-imagined expectations and then I allow myself to fail on purpose rather than failing after trying. Rationalizing our failures is a human characteristic. (As I have said before, ‘we are all self-made men but only the rich admit it.’)

Usually I write everything down that I wish to make happen. Writing it down means that I have connected my physical self to my desire for change. And often that physical connection is all that is needed to be a better person or acquire a new skill or have a new experience. I will write these items down like all the other times over  the 30+ years I have been doing this. Then I will read them over and over like a mental mantra and begin taking measures to do them.  Wish me luck. Getting back into old habits is not easy.

One other point to make, you are who you really are when you are alone. If you are working on your 5 things to improve yourself -or your condition- when you are alone, you will be successful in change. If you do the same things you have always done when you are alone, you will not accomplish what you wished.

What are you thinking about for the New Year?

 

Your Christmas Gift to Me

Your Christmas gift to me…by Dale Lehner ©2006

This night I write: Dear Santa Claus, Please do this for me, just because

I love my fellow man this year, I see, a little bit more than presents for me.

Don’t bring me presents for Christmas this year, Don’t bring me kindness or bundles of cheer,

Give all my gifts to those in need, And let your gift to me be a good deed.

Take all my sweaters to ol’ Good Will, Take all the toys to the poorer ones still.

Bring my soul a moral clarity, And give all my presents to a charity.

Please do a kind act for one who is down, Help all the homeless all over town,

Please lend a hand to one who has none, And give your love to everyone.

Don’t bring me presents for Christmas this year, Give a donation and help someone near,

Go do a kindness for someone in need, May your gift to me be a good deed.

Don’t bring me presents for Christmas this year, Don’t bring me mittens or treasures so dear,

Give all my gifts to those in need, Let your gifts to me be only good deeds.

I have just one wish for those in command, Of people and money o’er all the lands,

Take just a portion of what you are worth And help bring about Peace on this Earth.

Don’t bring me presents for Christmas this year, Don’t bring me kindness or bundles of cheer,

Give all my gifts to those in need, And let your gift to me be a good deed.

 

The Presidential Election

Sadly,

It is 2008 all over again.  Two candidates for President that ought not to be candidates. One cannot use a polysyllabic word in his entire teleprompter speech, and another cannot speak a complete adult sentence without sounding like he is reading a child’s primer.

Governor Romney says things like: Who likes sunny days? I like sunny days. You like sunny days. Everyone likes sunny days. So for those of you who say you do not like sunny days then you are not on board with the rest of us.

How can men with so few verbal skills ever govern a nation as great as ours?

We need Presidents that can match the greatness of our nation in words and deeds. Instead the parties choose telegenic Presidents.

This election is about the GQ-ness of our candidates. Heaven help us.