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January 03, 2010

Do One Thing Different.

Many people start a new year off with grand promises to themselves to change, grow, quit, save money, feel better, learn something new, or somehow...

...become a better or different person. Most of these "resolutions" are forgotten in a week or two.

I have a simpler suggestion that just might end up making a huge difference.

My idea is to do just one thing different. Maybe just stop eating one thing - or going to one place - or maybe start going to a place you never have before.

One year I decided to stop eating cheese. Even though I always like it, it didn't always agree with me. So I just cut that one thing from my diet. I ended up losing twenty pounds that year - just from that one change.

Here are just a few suggestions that, I am convinced could make each of us a better person - and maybe - in some tiny incremental way - make the world a better place;

I don't know about you, but the pace of my life makes me crazy. More naps would keep me rested and clear minded. I'd suggest a couple a week. I generally only have time for naps on weekends, but when I take them they give a fuller focus for the second part of the day.

How about food? Do you eat what you should and avoid food that makes you feel groggy and bloated?

How about getting out in your neighborhood? A regular walk around your home is a good way to meet neighbors, notice the weather and get some (maybe) fresh air.

When it comes to language - and language learning - you might consider learning an extra word a day - or perhaps tutoring someone who is working on the same language - or possibly even working with someone in a completely different language.

Pick one of these this year, and one of them (or another one) next year. After a few years you'll find yourself feeling better and better.

These are all doable, affordable and, without too much sacrifice, will help you feel more awake and aware and you will enjoy your life much more.

My best to you,


Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

I want to welcome readers to present thoughts on the ideal job. What do you most want to do? Where would you like to be? Who would you want to work with?

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

He is also waiting for an irresistible job offer...

Posted by mmorf at January 3, 2010 09:58 PM

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