Sunday, 29 December 2013

The Non-resolution

I have never started a new year with any kind of resolutions, and I don't plan to make it any different for 2014.  But, I received this meme on my phone which I think are both fascinating and compelling at the same time.  I don't know where this originates but thank you to the one who shared this with me.

Like I said, this is not a list of resolutions, but I am just sharing some of it here.

Drink plenty of water
I can do this and will continue to.

Eat Breakfast like a king,  Lunch like a prince & Dinner like a beggar.
I try not to skip breakfast, but certainly not to have one like a king.  Sometimes I skip lunch but not dinner.

Live with the 3 E's - Energy, Enthusiasm & Empathy.
So true

Make time to pray.
Food for the soul.

Play more games.
Huh? I play with my shuttles - does that count?

Read more books than you did in 2013.
Ha ha .... I just need to read one book and I have met this target.... errr... does this include tatting books?

Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
I do this all the time when I tat - not a problem here.

Sleep for 7 hours.
hmmm .... sacrifice my tatting to sleep?

Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily And while you walk, Smile.
It feels much better when people smile back at me, :)

Don't over do. Keep your limits.
What? Don't know if I can when I am tatting!

Don't take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.
Oh, I never do.

Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
I can't afford to gossip, I will miss my stitch count.

Dream more while you are awake.
I don't dream during my waking hours, I tat.

Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
I have enough shuttles and thread, I don't need to envy anyone ... I think.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
Teach them how to tat.
Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
This is difficult - I won't be at peace until I correct that mistake in the last round.

No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
I am happy tatting what I want and the way I want.

You don't have to win every argument, agree to disagree.
Tatters call this creative diversion.

Each day give something good to others.
Yes - give them a tatted butterfly

Forgive everyone for everything.
I am not strong enough yet for this if it affects my tatting patterns, I am sorry.

Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
Learn from the senior tatters and teach the young ones.

Try to make at least three people smile each day.
TIP - Tat in public

What other people think of you is none of your business.
But I'd love to know what other people think of my tatting - good or bad.

When awake in the morning thank GOD for it.

Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.
This is a no-brainer - tatters are happy people.

I hope this made you smile, :)

Happy New Year everyone!


  1. Smiling- and nodding my head! Happy New a Year, Jon!
    Fox. : )

  2. I have seen this somewhere before... it's all good :)
    My only resolution is to consciously try to just "be and do better" in the New Year than in the last.... I don't like to be tied to specifics.

  3. I read this with a smile on my face, I have had two days of no tatting and many weeks to come but while I can't tat I will design and think about my tatting.
    These little words are very true, I think everyone should read this and think about their little part of the world.
    Thank you for sharing them,
    Happy new year to you and your family.

  4. Jon,

    Your meme made me smile and gave food for thought. I also don't make resolutions -- they seem to be a challenge almost destined for failure. Here's wishing you a luck and love-filled 2014.

    Best to you,
    Heidi in Minnesota

  5. This was fun! - but number six will be hard for me, I already read at least two books every day.....

  6. It did make me smile, thank you! And although there's very little chance that you and I will be on a walk on the same continent any time soon, here' same big smile from Minnesota!

  7. thank you for the giggle this morning. It is great list to start the year.
    happy tatting

  8. "I can't afford to gossip, I will miss my stitch count."

  9. Oh this is good advice and nice reminder for the New Year! You Are Kind a sweet and helpful and it's been fun watching all the things you have accomplished this last year with tatting, talk to you next year:)

  10. Dear Jon, You made me smile several times this year. Thank you for that!
    But today, YOU make my day! Good thinking! :))
    Have a nice 2014 ful of inspiring comments!

  11. Very good! I smiled through all of this, too. I think I could use most of your answers for my answers. The only resolution I'm sure I can keep is "in the new year I will tat!"
    Happy New Year!


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