In the biblical book of Matthew, we’re asked: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust/mote/speck in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the log/beam/plank in your own eye?”
The answer is obvious, isn’t it? It’s easier. It’s always easier to give expert advice on other people’s problems than to sort out one’s own life.
Does that make me a hypocrite?
Well, according to the bible – yes. But let’s quickly skip over that and on to the part where what you’re about to read is actually gentle benevolence from which you all will benefit. So buckle up. Here is YOUR list of new year’s resolutions…
1. Feed your brain – Subscribing to Brain Pickings – A library of cross-disciplinary interestingness and combinatorial creativity – where else will you learn about what is love or the sleep habits of great writers?
2. No limits just epiphanies – That’s a lyric from this song Best Day of My Life by American Authors.
3. Expand your musical tastes – Subscribe to the World Music blog.
4. Get more kooky clever funniness in your life from Hark! A Vagrant.
6. Trying looking at things differently – with the help of Variations on Normal http://variationsonnormal.com/
7. Ask for me help – If you’re lucky you’ll get it from guys like these guys. I’ve been helping a small boy do something amazing and these guys helped a lot with the campaign…
8. Make more effort to appreciate those other people who help you, who you might have temporarily forgotten. (OK, that’s aimed mainly at myself. No list is ever complete without it’s omissions. Or in other ways, no list is ever complete. Hmm… that’s sounds resonantly philosophical.)
9. Never be daunted. Something good might happen. Especially if you wait till the end.
10. Try to avoid the mother of all hangovers descending upon you – starting with tomorrow. Or more properly, tonight.
What’s that you say? Still not satisfied? Oh, you want to know what I’ll be doing while you’re benefiting from all that sage advice. Bit of carpentry probably. I have this huge beam I need to whittle down a little.
Happy new year.