I suppose I’m an incurable optimist because, after all these years, I still have faith in our capacity to change–both how we live and the world we live in. So every New Year’s Day, I make resolutions. Maybe sharing them will help me keep them. Here’s what’s at the top of my list.
- Get over the automatic rueful shake of the head when a homeless person asks for a handout. This is a habit I’ve gotten into from being asked for spare change (or sometimes bus fare) practically every time I take a walk. I need to focus on the need and carry extra money instead.
- Get to know my D.C. Council representatives. I tell others they should develop personal relationships with their elected representatives. In fact, I’ve written guidelines for paying visits, talking points and the like. It’s time I practice what I preach.
- Respond to more action alerts–and with personalized responses. I know that elected officials listen to constituents, especially when they hear from a bunch of them, and that they pay more attention when the messages aren’t all the same. I say this when I develop communications for grassroots campaigns. So again, it’s a question of practicing what I preach.
- Learn more about the issues I care about. The more I write about the issues, the more I become aware of how complex and interconnected they are. I need to spend more time reading (and viewing) and more time going to meetings and briefings too.
- Try to really understand the other side. I think I’ll understand the issues better and do a better job as an advocate if I try to appreciate where those with differing views are coming from instead of jumping so quickly to counter-arguments.
Oh yes, and I’m also going to eat more sensibly and get more exercise.
What about you? Do you have resolutions you’d like to share?