I was explaining to the oldest how after I graduated from college I made a list of all the things I had done the previous year and then made another list of things I wanted to do in the new year. I kept those lists in my wallet and had accumulated several of them, but after my purse was stolen, I got out of the habit of keeping a written list around.
I never called the items on my list of things I wanted to do resolutions. Nah. They were more fun than a resolution. One year I listed that I wanted to learn how to ride a horse. So, I called a stable and arranged lessons. I took them for about a year, but ended up stopping when I needed to save that extra money for my wedding.
It may be time to begin that tradition again. While the house is quiet and everyone is still asleep, I can sit here, enjoy my coffee, recap 2012, and come up with a short list of things I'd like to do in 2013.
2013 is upon us and a whole year of days is ahead. May those days be filled with more joy than sadness and more good than bad. Happy New Year!