Attribute to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
2013 is winding down.
Maybe Neil was right about 2012 being the "Last Good Year". Much of
what I hoped to accomplish fell short of my best laid plans—though I
did manage to get the greenhouse looking pretty spectacular with lots
of new air plants established on mounts and suspended in air above
the conservatory. That in itself was a grand accomplishment that I
only regret not doing years ago. But it took me almost a decade to
figure out such a neat method of using little chunks of sassafras
wood or wine corks with hooks and wires.
The learning cure they call it.
Which brings me to the realization that while Rome was not built in a
day—it takes sustained commitment and dedication to accomplish
anything worth while. And that brings me to New Year's Resolutions of
which we often have many but too often fail to follow through with.
Be it a commitment to weight loss or being a better person. My
problem is that I am a bit of a chronic procrastinator to put it
lightly with too many things on the back burner. And I often wait
until the last minute to do things and am rushed to meet deadlines.
Like this essay which I am composing on a Saturday morning before
heading off to work an 11 to 11 shift. In a way that may be a good
thing because there is less time to ramble with a lengthy exegesis on
the evils of procrastination which may be second only to the evils of
For in writing, economy of words is a good thing. It took me a long
time to realize that too. Part of the problem being stuck in the mode
of filling the minimal word requirements of essays and term papers in
high school or college. Or writing magazine articles. As opposed to
just letting it flow like now.
Cutting to the chase because I need to get ready—my New Year's
Resolution is a simple one that covers a lot of ground. To Aspire for
Excellence in All Things. From clearing my back burners to improving
on what I am already doing and salvaging old projects that were
neglected or abandoned- if they are worth doing. It also involves
prioritization and a willingness to make hard decisions because a big
part of the reason I have back burner issues and neglected projects
is from taking on too many things. There were times in my younger
days that I remember having a lot less but what I did have—I did it
It will be nice to live that way again.
Excellence in All Things while acknowledging which things are most
Happy New Year to All!