2008: Poor Old Michael Finnegan Begin-Again
Haven't you ever felt like life is one of those carnival rides where you spin around in circles until you feel like you are going to throw up? I am not referring to any kind of psychological problems, but to the repetitiveness. We often take a time like the first of January and use it as a reason to promise to completely transform our lives. The only problem is that it does not work that way.
How many smokers have pledged that they would stop after the first of the year? How many people have pledged to eat better, get more exercise, be nice to their employees, but found that no later than early March they were back to their old ways? Why is that? Because it is not the way we work.
Specific dates are great for retrospectives, for looking back and seeing where you were and how far you have come. But if you have something you want to change or something you want to accomplish, just do it. Go ahead and start on it now. If you are waiting for some special time or specific date before you start, you are not likely to ever start.
That said, my new year's resolution this year is not to make any resolutions. I am not expecting to stay exactly as I am or was. I am just not tying any changes that I have to make to one date on the calendar. There are different things that I need to do throughout the year, most of which are pretty small (individually) changes to existing practices.
That said, I wish everyone a happy and blessed New Year—not just today, but the year as a whole—and hope that you will continue to join me in the quest for individuals' control over their own data and the quest for software and electronic "content" liberty. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the variety of voices and viewpoints in these movements. Think independently, for yourself. Do not let any individual such as myself do your thinking for you. You have a somewhat different experience than anyone else, and that gives you a unique point of view that no one else fully shares. Stand up and participate!