My 2013 New Year’s Resolution

A day after writing about all the things I didn’t do in 2012 I understood the main problem with my New Year’s resolution list. And it’s not that the list was too long.

The problem was that I was treating my life as a collection of merit badges. I think it’s an obvious trap for a how-to book author and homesteading blogger to fall into. My merit badge accumulation better served my ego than those around me.

This year, rather than collect merit badges, I’m going to focus on skills and goals that will serve friends, family and community (which includes the audience of this blog). And I’m not going to make a new list–I’ve got plenty to work with from last year’s. In 2013 I’ll act on the goals that will help me help others.

I wish you all good health and a Happy New Year!

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  1. Amen, and thank you for such a succinct way of putting it. I too suffer from “merit badge collection-itis.” I enjoy your blog.

    • You are absolutely right. My first task this year is to fix my damaged knees. If I’m not physically active I’m an unhappy camper and in no mood to help others.

  2. Your merit badge analogy makes me smile. The last couple of years my only serious resolutions were few and attitude focused. They had to happen or I’d drag my family down. I feel like everything else will fall in place if I take care of that. So far, so good.

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