January is the time for New Year’s Resolutions, and in my social circle, Woody Guthrie’s 1943 “Rulin’s” make the rounds every year about this time:
Normally, I’m not one for New Years Resolutions. I just don’t seem to have the knack of them. This year I briefly toyed with the idea of resolving to spend less time on social media, and immediately went to post about it on Facebook before realizing that maybe that wouldn’t be my path forward. Most years, I try to spread the self-improvement out year round.
Still, I can get behind a list like Woody’s. I mean, here’s a guy who knows himself – both what he can do: “Wash teeth if any,” and what he needs to do: “Keep hoping machine running.” Taken as a whole, his list boils down to “Take care of yourself, take care of the people you love, be creative, and do your part for the world.” I think I could do that; I think any of us could. It’s as if Woody were saying, “Make this year count. Don’t try to be anybody but yourself; just be a good Yourself.”
This year needs to count. So I decided to come up with my own “New Year’s Rulin’s,” which I gladly share with you (sans doodles). What would yours be?
Dan’s New Year’s Rulin’s 2017
1. Open your eyes.
2. Wake up before 11 every day.
3. Polish shoes.
5. Be generous.
6. Open your heart.
7. Love like it matters.
8. Wash dishes.
9. Fold laundry.
10. Cut hair if any.
11. Pay attention to children – all children.
12. Forgive mistakes – mine and others.
17. Enjoy world.
18. Change world.
22. Resist injustice.
23. Build good.
24. Make time sacred.