Instead of New Year's Resolutions — a dangerous and generally unproductive enterprise — Merle Sneed, whose thoughtful online journal http://merlesneed.blogspot.com/ I often enjoy reading, turns the cliché upside-down in a post last week which begins:

What I do like to do at the end of the year is to take stock of how it went, as years go. All I ever hope for the new year is that it will be a bit better than the last. That is subjective and partially out of my control, but a guy can hope.

After counting his immediate family blessings Mr. Sneed offers a list of other things that he looks back upon with some gratitude. Among the ones that I personally would like to be able to achieve:

Merle's bottom line:

All in all, 2007 wasn't perfect, but it was pretty good.

... a happy evaluation which reminds me of the OptimistCreed — yet another noble set of attitudes that I need to strive toward.

TopicHumor - TopicLife - 2008-01-03

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