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Resolving Not to be Shot Out of a Cannon

I had a story idea about a character who was the shot-out-of-the-cannon person in the circus. 

Jan 2 Resolved Not to Do This Pauline Baird Jones AR 2

I had a story idea about a character who was the shot-out-of-the-cannon person in the circus. 

The story was never finished because I didn’t know much about working for a circus or being shot out of cannon. 

What does this have to do with resolutions? Trust me, I’m going to make this work. 

Though I don’t plan to die trying.

I don’t know about you, but most of my New Year’s resolutions end up being memories in my rear view mirror. Don’t get me wrong. I believe in setting goals, but there is something about a shiny new year that ignites something inside us. Something huge. 

The goals, at least mine, end up being a bit grandiose. Sometimes it is lack of knowledge about what is involved in accomplishing a goal. Sometimes it is willful blindness about my own shortcomings. 

And yet I keep doing it. I keep setting resolutions. So I might as well get a jump on it and then I can start forgetting them again. 

I have some easy ones that I want to do: Finish AzumC and MicroP to fulfill my Kickstarter contract with my readers. 

But I’m probably not going to lose weight or get in better shape in 2023. I’m going to be closer to turning 70, which feels like a HUGE number. This is pretty much the shape I’m going to be until I start to shrink and develop a widow’s hump. (See 2023 already looks less shiny and bright.)

So here’s what I’m going to try to do (or be?) in 2023:

1. Kinder (I’d add patience here, but the hubs has asked me to quit working on that. Every time I pray for patience he gets hosed. Apparently he is my lesson.)

2. Figure out sooner which things I can do something about ,and which things I can’t. Let go of what I can’t fix and fix what I can.

3. Don’t put things on my to-do list that I have no intention of actually to-doing. 

4. And if I put something on my to-do list, to-do it. Like seriously. Just to-do it and move on.

5. The #GrandmaProject. (A list should have something fun on it, right?)

I was going to add more, but then it will look too much like a to-do list. This is a resolution list which is totally different from a to-do list. Even though I make up stories all the time, I wouldn’t lie to you. 

So what will you be resolving to do and not do in 2023? You know I loved comments in 2022 AND will still love them in 2023. Cuz that’s how I roll. 

Perilously yours,

Pauline

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