A Porch Swing Point of View: Resolutions and Reflections


A.  Resolutions.  It has been over a week since New Year’s Day and it has been my experience that is usually ample time to break most of one’s resolutions.  Cutting out soda is easy enough until you watch a friend pour a glass over ice.  Low-carb diets seem achievable until you find yourself in your favorite Italian eatery.  And even that common resolution to end procrastination has been set aside to begin on February 1st.  You needn’t be discouraged.  Millions of resolutions are made each New Year and most have parted ways with the resolver within the first month. 

Over the course of the next several columns, I hope you’ll indulge me as I provide a few of my own New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 which I hope you will adopt along with me.  They require no great skill or effort, no impossible sacrifice, nor the breaking of any deep-seated habits.  “What’s the point then?” you may ask.  These resolutions are to encourage simple life experiences which I believe can lead to a more fulfilling year.  By participating in these seemingly mundane activities, it is possible to bring a bit of joy back into our lives and the lives of those around us.  The suspense is killing you, I know. 

My resolutions are:  1. Drink a Diet Coke; 2. Learn to count to ten; 3. Cook dinner; 4. Retune the radio; and 5. Get lost (but come back home).  No, I haven’t lost my mind (at least I don’t think I have).  In the coming weeks, I’ll explore each of these resolutions in detail and give a much-needed explanation along with them.  And travelling on the journey of keeping them right along with you will be yours truly.  Are you ready?

B.  Reflections.  January brings about one other thought in addition to resolutions for the coming year—it brings about reflections of the past year.  I can hardly believe I’ve been sharing my porch swing point of view with you for nearly six months now.  When I began my columns, I expected I might have a handful of readers—all family—and that perhaps they’d read more out of a sense of duty than enjoyment.  Yet, I see my readers on the street, at work, in church, and even on Facebook from as far away as Texas, and the kind words you express are very appreciated.  Writing to you, my readers, has been a wonderful new experience and I’m anxiously awaiting another years of porch swing views, as I hope you are too.  I sincerely wish 2019 brings you every tender happiness and good times and the joy and comfort of loyal friends to help you through the inevitable bad times.  From my chilly porch swing to yours, Happy New Year! 

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