My resolutions

Forward Operating Base Morales-Frazier, Afghanistan -- That’s not the sun in the top right corner ... it’s the MOON. In fact, it was the last full moon in 2009. I took this picture on New Year’s Eve.

Forward Operating Base Morales-Frazier, Afghanistan —
That’s not the sun in the top right corner … it’s the MOON. In fact, it was the last full moon in 2009. I took this picture on New Year’s Eve.

I took this pic on New Year’s Eve. It was the last night of 2009. The moon was full, providing plenty of light to help get 2010 off to a good start.

Each new year provides us with a chance to enter into some sort of agreement with ourselves. We call them resolutions, because we “resolve” to fix a problem we’ve identified within ourselves.

I’m not sure why we pick Jan 1st, instead of any other day. More importantly, I don’t know why we wait for the new year to roll around before we start “resolving” our problems.

If you have the ability to identify a problem within yourself, you don’t need to wait for a certain date to solve it. You don’t have to wait until someone comes to help you. You don’t have to wait for conditions to be “just right”. If you know you have a problem, solve it NOW.

Besides, January 1st of the next year is not always promised to you …

Enough philosophy …

I do have some resolutions of my own that I intend to uphold through 2010. I will:

1. Become more investment-savvy. I do the basics … I save for retirement, Taj’s education, and emergencies, but need to be more aggressive in making my money work for me. I want to develop financial habits that I can pass on to Taj when he matures later on.

2.Tip the scales more in Taj and Muna’s favor when it comes to my time. I love my Air Force, and the military, in general. But, I remember spending long hours back home in my office at work, with Muna calling me, upset because I was going to miss dinner, or miss putting Taj to bed. Now that I’m in the ‘stan, I’m kicking myself DAILY for not taking advantage of EVERY minute I can with them. In 2010, I will remind myself that WORK will always be there … special moments with Muna and Taj may not. (Besides, one day, Taj will wake up and decide that Dad’s not “cool” anymore, and he won’t want to hang out with me … I’d better take advantage while I can.) I understand that this philosophy means that I may never be promoted to the rank of General … I’m okay with that if it means I’m an active part of their lives.

3.Write more often. This blog has been a nice bit of therapy for me … I can’t really explain why. But I like doing it. I don’t even know how many people (other than my family) read it. But it makes me relax at the end of a hard day. Maybe, if I work at linking my thoughts, I could write something worthy of being read in something other than a webpage.

4.Spend time with my Gran’ma. I still feel like there’s so much I need to learn from her.

5.Let go of baggage I can’t carry. (Yes, that was a metaphorical statement.)

There are more, but that’s all I can think of, for now. Do YOU have some resolutions? Please share them with me in the comments section below, or email me.

I hope your 2010 is off to a great start. And, if it’s not, remember, you don’t have to wait for 1 Jan, 2011 to fix it.

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