Resolves for 2021

Stephen Blackstock

From my friend of many talents, Ellen Greer…

In 2021 I do resolve to try:

To keep love in my heart. 

To be as water and flow with the proper perspective; finding joy in the small things I encounter each day.

To remember that fear is not real; it is only in my mind; so I will try to keep perceived problems and worries in perspective.

To remember that loneliness, depression, self-blame and guilt will pass – they are only thoughts, not who I am.

To push myself a little, gently, when inertia engulfs me.

To tear myself away from my books & stories, from Sudoku, FreeCell and Catan, from my comfortable, warm seat on the couchand Go outside for a walk, make a little art or contact a friend.

To change conditions & circumstances within my grasp (that I feel need changing) and to…adjust to the things that are out of my control.

To remember those less fortunate, the marginalized, the outcasts – and to think about the direct action that requires, whether financial or sweat-of-brow.

To do something for others as often as possible.

To think of ways to foster Peace in my country.

To keep reminding myself that one person’s actions can make a difference.

To relish my family and friends and stay in touch.

To remember and honor the members of my family who are not longer with me.

To be patient, kind, thoughtful and loving to the one person closest to me.

To make a meal occasionally.

To eat smaller portions of real food, mostly plants. And to eat less sugar.

To keep a carrot in sight – games, travel, books, time with friends, etc.

To use my talents.

To laugh more.

To listen to music more often.

To remember that I am as young as I’ll ever be – and let that be enough.

Published by Judytwiga

I am a freelance writer and photographer who enjoys living close to the action in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the 1980s I created and published Zoo Connections, an international networking publication for non-animal zoo departments. Jobs over the years include working with the developmentally disabled, night front desk at a motel, assistant in development and membership at the NC Zoological Society, Customer Relations manager at Regal Entertainment Group, census enumerator, concessions at University of Tennessee, house cleaner, substitute teacher, sitter for children, houses, and pets. Freelance work at Knoxville News Sentinel and KnoxZine. Contributor to A Knoxville Christmas (2008,2007), and articles for the North Carolina Zoo website. Interested in anything except humorless people and politics. Enjoy reading, Scrabble, Catan, camping. I hold dear family (human and animal), friends, Kenya, Sunset Beach, NC and the Keys.

One thought on “Resolves for 2021

  1. Judy, Thoughtful, loving, kind. Wishing I could follow all her ideas. I will try. I still can’t get on your blog-something to do with Word Press. You are lucky to have such a friend.

    On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 12:37 PM Carpe Diem, An Imperfect Blog wrote:

    > Judytwiga posted: ” Stephen Blackstock From my friend of many talents, > Ellen Greer… In 2021 I do resolve to tr” >


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