Saturday, January 05, 2013
New Year’s resolutions have never really worked well with me. I think maybe it’s because it is an implied struggle – a war to accomplish something instead of just ‘being’.
This year though is not so much a resolution as a path. This year is officially, (ok officially only to me): The Year of Not Being Stupid.
The problem is I am not smart enough to always be smart. Sometimes I am not sure what the smart thing is; ignorance, lack of wisdom, or a brain burp – sometimes I just don’t know.
But as I look over the past year if I had stopped and asked, “Is this stupid” – I think that the answer would have been clear.
My track record is not great– if I go to a buffet and tell myself I won’t really eat very much. I eat more than too much. If I go to the dessert bar and tell myself I can have a wee little taste, I will taste until I am so full it hurts. So was it stupid to even go to a buffet? Stupid is easier to know.
Was it stupid to do a really long training run for a marathon and then decide the next day my 63 year old body felt great and I can do a second really long run in two days. Oh, it was stupid, oh so very stupid. (I say this 3 months later after the pulled hamstring has finally healed.)
So next time I have an impulse to do something, this is the year I am going to ask: “Is this stupid.”
Being smart is not all that easy.
Stupid seem much more obvious.
Maybe simply asking myself, "Is this stupid..." might be kinda smart.