You’ll never get mixed up if you simply tell the truth. Then you don’t have to remember what you have said, and you never forget what you have said.
In trying to determine my theme for 2008, I considered many options:
- Think different.
- The audacity of poop.
- Think outside the bun.
- What. Ever.
I finally settled on something a little more boring and difficult:
Although I’m the worst judge of my own behavior, I feel that I’m mostly honest in word, but I don’t feel that my deeds are always so honest, by which I mean that I don’t always act in a manner that’s true to my own beliefs. Like most parents, I can see these discrepancies crop up in my child–his quick frustration, his stubbornness, and his desire for an Aston Martin, despite his not making nearly enough money to afford one.
In the upcoming year, I’d like to bring my actions into closer alignment with what I hold to be my character. Part of the reason for this is certainly to be a better role model for 3B. To borrow a phrase, I’d like to be the change in this world that I want him to see. But part of it is for me–I’d like to stop working against myself by doing things like having a hissy fit if so much as a mote of cigarette smoke gets near 3B, but painting our walls with high-VOC paint.
Specifically, I’m going to work to make my actions
I’m not completely sure how this theme will manifest itself, but to remind myself of my pledge, and as a physical manifestation of my ability to keep a promise to myself, I’m stealing an idea from Manic Mommies‘ life coach: I’m going to clear off my bedside table and keep it clear for the remainder of the year.
If I cared enough to figure it out, I’d set up a webcam so you could watch my bedside table year round to check out how honest I was. But also, in keeping with this honesty theme, I’m honestly pretty sure nobody but me really cares enough to watch my bedside table for a year. But, if you do, here’s a photo of it that you can stare at for the next 365 days.
Other than drinking only organic gin, distilled by well-compensated employees who receive excellent benefits, without regard for the state of my liver, and with a smile on my face–what are your ideas for how my honesty theme should manifest itself?
Oh, and if anyone knows what that key goes to, please let me know.