New Year’s Resolution Revolution: A Writer Wednesday Post

January 1st, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Essays


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Please note: I begin my three week annual writer’s retreat on Sunday. Like last year, my Wednesday posts may be intermittent, microscopic or even non-existent as I replenish the wellspring.

I am delighted to offer a guest post this week from dear friend and remarkable spirit Ann Strohmeier–teacher, writer and grandmother of Theo.  At a recent dinner, Ann shared the fetching picture above. I instantly saw The New Year’s Baby (even sans top hat) and promptly invited my funny wise pal to say a few words on this august and joyful occasion, New Year’s Day, 2014. Over to you, Ann…


by Ann Strohmeier

I’ve reached an age at which I think may be done with resolving every New Year’s to do away with “bad” habits and cultivate “good” ones.  Happily, and just in time, I found a source of inspiration for a different kind of resolution–an adjustment in attitude!  The “presence” that follow are from the newest member of our family.  (The teacher always appears when the student is ready.)

1. Get excited, get involved! (See fig 1, above)

2. As Auntie Mame famously remarked “Life is a banquet and some poor suckers are  starving!”

Enjoy your food and do what you can to help others get their share.


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3. Things may not always work out the way you would like at first.


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 4. But have faith that eventually they will!



5. Silly is fun!


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6. Sometimes you may have to be a tough guy.


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7. Consult the wisdom of the ages.


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8. Find work that energizes and excites you.


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9. Love your fellow creatures.


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10.Welcome what comes and embrace the experience.


Happy New Year, everyone!

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