DIARY OF A LOST SCRIBE
Resolutions…here’s to the beginning of the end
by Carlo Dall’Olmo – President and Board Member of PSA
It’s officially 2022 – a month into 2022 to be exact! Happy Belated New Year to all my friends. If you are like me – and I sure hope you aren’t, you’ve probably started the year (or maybe ended the previous year) making silly plans for all the big things you want to accomplish in the new year. I gotta tell ya, I’m a sucker for new beginnings or more importantly – for old endings. Looking at a new year, gives me hope and excitement. Hope for fresh starts and excitement for things yet to happen. At the start of the year, the slate is clean. I am reborn and have the whole year ahead of me. Life is glorious and I am going to do those things I couldn’t/wouldn’t do in the previous year.
I love coming up with lists of things I want to accomplish in the new year…you know those lists I think they are called resolutions? Lose 10 lbs, make more money, travel the world… start that damn story I’ve been mulling in my head for the last year. Yes, I said mulling in my head over for the last year. Crazy, isn’t it? I’ve been thinking about writing a story for a year now and for some reason it hasn’t found a way to the paper yet. If thinking could only accomplish my work, I would be sooo productive but alas, I stare at the empty page.
You see, accomplishing my resolutions requires a whole different set of skills I haven’t quite mastered yet…the skill of doing. It requires butt to the seat, hammering away on the computer keyboard – not breaking the keys but definitely giving them a run for their money. It requires persistence, a sense of duty to one’s goals and least of all hard work. I say hard work because there will be times when laziness creeps in and offers alternatives to staring blankly at the screen – alternatives that quite frankly look much more appealing. The prospect of sitting for hours on end and only getting a line written really doesn’t appeal to me as much as dreaming about it.
I like resolutions so much more because it doesn’t require me to accomplish anything – just requires that I want to do it. I’ve been lazy like that in the past but 2022 already seems different. I have an inner determination that has eluded me in the past. Some might call it a resolve to get that story written. To stop with the excuses and just DO!
I make that pledge today and moving forward that I will get my story done.
I know I’ve said it a million times if I’ve said it once, but there is something different inside of me that makes me want to accomplish my resolution and not just think it. All the years of putting down resolutions that peter out as the year progresses has taught me one thing about resolutions. They must be sincere. If the resolution isn’t something that is burning inside of me to accomplish then it just becomes a wish list. I have a story that is burning inside of me to tell and I finally figured out the premise. Unlike the desire to lose weight or make more money, this story gives me a sense of purpose. I was being held back before by not knowing my premise but now I do…funny it only took a year but hey, stranger things have happened.
So, here’s to resolutions – great and small. May 2022 be the year that you find your resolve and finally act on those promises you’ve been putting off.
Have you made any resolutions this year? If so, tell us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.