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2013: The Year of Not Being Stupid

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.
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    Yeah! Have a great year of giving up stinking thinking, and Thinking Smart! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1691 days ago
    Somehow I can relate. I almost always make wise choices until I look back and see some of the things I've actually done. I need to think more clearly before I act.
    I too am a runner, at least I used to be, but had a difficult health year in 2012. Trying to get my body ready for running again. It is difficult.
    1691 days ago
    That's a good idea. I believe I will adopt it myself!
    1691 days ago
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