New Year's Rulin's

Have you ever checked out Lists of Note?  I really like it and you never really know what you're going to get.  Today I noticed New Year's Rulin's in the most read list.  I don't know why I haven't noticed it before but today was a good day to read it.   This is Woody Guthrie's list of New Year's resolutions for 1942.  I'm including a picture here and you can click on the picture to check out my source.

I really appreciate this list of Rulin's.  I like how it encompasses both the big - "27. Help win war - beat fascism"  and the small - "5. Take bath."  I think sometimes we forget to concentrate on the small things that we do every day that make our lives better.  My life is better when the kitchen is tidy at night. My life is better when I make a menu plan.  My life is better when I go for a walk.

At the same time, I think we can get so caught up in those every day tasks that we forget to look beyond ourselves.  Not every thing I do should be solely predicated on what makes my life better.  So I resolve to keep my eyes focused on things outside of myself.  I love that Woody Guthrie resolved to love more and that he was specific about the people he wanted to love.  There is power in naming things. 

I also love Guthrie's resolutions number 15 and 19.  I, too, resolve to learn people better and to keep my hoping machine running.