1. Run 500 miles: I ran 345... but more than I've ever done in a year.
2. Learn Spanish: Rosetta Stone helped out a little on this one, but just a little.
3. Okay, so I can't remember my third one, just that I had it...
Anyway, a friend of mine recently commented that many people tend to believe, each New Years, that our lives will mysteriously change and life will suddenly be different. A conservative observation but a valid one... I mean, why not be content with who you are? It is a fresh beginning but most people do fail to live up to their resolutions. Look at me! Me llamo Joel. I can't even remember my last one!
Still, I admire resolutions and those who make them. To be honest, I think they make a huge difference. Some may consider them wishful thinking, but they seem to me, much closer to prayer. Eisenhower said, that "In preparing[...] I have found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." I love that, because what matters most is not that we change the world but that we change ourselves. We may not find the outcome to match our ideal but it's in those moments that we explore our selves that we are changed, a little here and a little there... enough to matter and to make a difference.
So, with that, here are my simple resolutions for 2009:
1. Run 1000 miles.
2. Read 12 books of my choosing.
3. Remember my third resolution...