My New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year everyone. Hoping your 2017 is better, or at least as good, as your 2016.

As for me, many things stay the same this year. My resolution, if you want to call it that, is to continue to build skills, understand myself emotionally, and commit to lasting friendships.

The older I get, the more I realize the importance in building skills. It is the first step to anything great. The ability to write, paint, keep the books, dance, all are valuable skills in their own right.

Nowadays we want everything so fast. We want the fancy car because it looks nice. We want the girlfriend or boyfriend because we feel lonely. We want to be rich because, well, we deserve it. However, it would seem to me that this automatic satisfaction is not only unrealistic, but unwise.

The most important thing is to focus on the little things. Whether it is career oriented skills, emotional understanding of yourself, or simply friendships. That is the beginning, yet it is so humble that I myself haven often forgotten it’s importance in the past.

In 2017 I will continue to focus on these three areas of my life. Skills, emotional understanding, and simple friendships. Is this a resolution? Well, not quite, but I guess you could say that if you wanted to. It is more like a promise to myself that I will continue to back my own understanding of the world. Belief in hard work and helping others. Nothing fancy.

China is polluted today. I woke up on the first day of 2017 and saw gray soup outside of my window. It even read 500+ PM2.5 on the meter. The challenge is, as it always has, to remain positive in light of all these external factors. Stay the course and stick to the fundamentals.

Faith, it would seem, is at same time both the most illusory and least dispensable factor in our lives.

Wishing you and yours health and prosperity in the New Year!

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