Letter from the Publisher: New Year Resolutions
The new year is underway. Out of the resolutions I wrote down, some I’ve already broken, a few I haven’t yet started, and the ones in place probably were in place before I memorialized them with a pen. The bigger idea is principles to live by.
I try to:
- Do something good for someone else, every day if possible—something that makes me go out of my way to do it. It’s worth taking a little trouble for another person’s well-being.
- Think legacy when living my life. I want to do things that will make people remember me in a good way when I’m gone.
- Make peace. I want to air out differences I may have with someone. Life is too short to anguish over a disputed relationship.
- Own my actions. When I make a mistake, I try to walk it back with an apology or an amend. If I do something positive that receives praise, I’d like to stay humble and acknowledge the many role models that taught me how to live my life.
- Live by the Cowboy Code. I’m a fan of westerns, so it speaks to me. Number 4 is my favorite (“gentle with children, the elderly, and animals”) but they all are good. Link: https://www.geneautry.com/geneautry/geneautry_cowboycode-code.html (I recognize the linked article states these principles from a man’s point of view, so I ask that where needed you modify the language to reflect a woman’s point of view.)
- Live by an even older code: The Golden Rule.
I want to treat others as I would like them to treat me.
Have a magical and prosperous 2019!
Patrick J. Wood