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I suppose it’s time to work on another set of New Years Resolutions that, most likely, I will eventually ignore/forget about.  After all, 2013 starts in what, 5 days?

Normally, I don’t do the resolution thing.  While I appreciate the motivation that occurs when one sets goals, I also know that a year is a long frickin’ time and that life has a tendency to throw curve balls at you … all of the time … which can make the resolutions you decide upon in December seem fairly insignificant come March.  But I’m a Jaycee and setting measurable goals is what we do.

Measurable goals … I guess that throws things like “Be kinder” and “Be more patient” out the window.  Good thing because 2012 helped me lose more patience than to increase my level of patience.

I suppose this is where the appreciation for running that I discovered this year comes in handy.  You can easily measure what you do.  Run 100 miles by a certain date.  Lose 25 pounds by a certain date.  Be able to wear that grey pinstripe suit without breaking the zipper or having to suck in your belly for 8 hours non-stop.  Yeah, easily measurable!  Clearly, one of the 2013 resolutions will have to involve running of some kind.

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Let me go back to this patience thing and the “unmeasurable” goals that keep bugging me in the back of my head.  Looking back at the 2012 triggers some moments of guilt within me.  There were a few times where I felt I slid back on my “anger management” issues.  There were times where I was overly blunt.  There were times where I snapped at people and then had to apologize for doing so.  There were times where I screamed at the top of my lungs about the “interesting” driving habits of other people. There were times where I screamed at the TV because Cabrerra struck out/popped out/didn’t hit a home run/etc.  There were times I just stayed silent and glared without explaining why I was angry (my good friends call this the “Worthams’ Death Glare”).  There were times where I didn’t give the courtesy of listening to other people.

Now I suppose, to help assuage my inner guilt, I need to include some of these unmeasurable resolutions on the 2013 list.  Maybe this time, I’ll actually work on these instead of the normal ignoring/forgetting about them thing.  Always good to strive for the ideal, even if one falls short right?

So, with all of the smart ass comments and thoughts out-of-the-way, let’s get onto these resolutions:

WHEREAS, it is tradition that at the start of a new year to set a series of resolutions to accomplish for the year to come; and

WHEREAS, these resolutions should be positive in nature and of the type that brings benefit not just to me as an individual but the world around me; and

WHEREAS, I haven’t done resolutions for at least the last five years that I can remember; and

WHEREAS, I end the year 2012 having lost about 20 pounds in weight from where I started this year; and 

WHEREAS, I wish to continue living healthier, both mentally and physically than I have in the recent years; and

WHEREAS, I wish to bring happiness and joy to my family and friends, something that I’ve not always been good at;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that I will run 500 miles before the end of 2013; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will weigh 190 pounds and maintain this weight in 2013; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will continue my work on improving my patience with the curve balls that life throws at, whether those be in the form of car problems, traffic issues, or the actions of other people; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will decrease the use of the so-called “Worthams’ Death Glare” so that I can be more approachable and communicative with other people; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will blog more often than I did in 2012, in efforts to share my thoughts in a positive way with the world around; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will continue my posting of positive “First Quotes of the Day” on Facebook and Twitter (when the quote allows me to use less than 140 characters); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will slow down during my commute to work, forcing me to use less gasoline or at least improving on my gas mileage; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will eat fewer meals from fast food joints and will, at the least, get back on the Jerrod Diet; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will only drink pop three times a week, replacing that addicting beverage with water instead; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will love my family and friends to the utmost of my ability, asking them for forgiveness when I wrong them, granting them forgiveness without having to be asked, and doing all I can to be a better person in their lives; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will exercise more patience and support for those I work with professionally and in my work outside of the professional work environment; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will decrease the amount of time I spend dwelling on past transgressions committed by me and committed against me; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will get more sleep so I can avoid burning my candles at four ends, by hitting the sack by no later than 11 PM when possible; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will catch as many of Cristiana’s soccer games, school events, Girl Scout shindigs as I can, and I will do the same for Alex’s track meets, band concerts, and drum wars; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that I will stop yelling at the TV when the Tigers/Lions/Wolverines/Red Wings (if they ever play again)/WMU Broncos/K-Wings do not live up to my unreasonable expectations, or at least lower the decibel level of my voice down three levels;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that while these resolutions may have a tone of humor/snarkiness in them, these resolutions are offered with a heart of good intent and hope that we all will achieve our goals of making 2013 a very good year, something we should always strive to accomplish at the start of every new year.

Happy New Year everybody!  Be blessed!

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