Some call THE List their "New Year's resolutions". I don't do resolutions, never have, just not my thing. I consider New Year's resolutions similar to party games; something to talk about when having fun and forget the rest of the year.
Considering the fact that I'm a tend to organize to the point I've been called "Monk" by those less than generous, it may seem odd I don't organize my thoughts on gardening every January 1st. Garden book authors tell us we must. Internet sites, educators, friends and perfect strangers tell us we must.
I think my reasoning is: (1) I think about changes and improvements to my gardens throughout the year. and (2) I've never been into self imposed garden deadlines, restrictions and rules. I suppose that has the implications of an undisciplined, impulsive and immature mind. I prefer to think of it as creative.
Most of us can point to persons whose success in a favored field included personality traits we ourselves possess. We tend to ignore those with those personality traits who have failed miserably. Aw, human nature, we are but a repeat process.
I am fortunate to have grown up in a era where they didn't tag kids with personality disorders and use those tags to push them into a box of conformity. My flaws and tendencies were not labeled as wrong, although at times, they might have incurred some strong parental "direction".
I come from a family with quite a lot of artists and engineers - polar opposites although both must be creative. Sooner or later, one of the off spring had to be a bit unique on the organizational side.
Putting ideas into a "resolution" list means they are either accomplished perfectly in the next year or I have failed. Seriously, who wants to set themselves up for that kind of self imposed black or white resolution? Life has enough negative things going on, I don't need to purposely make something in gardening one of them.
Even when I don't get a garden something accomplished or an idea doesn't turn out well, I seldom consider it a gardening failure. I usually consider it a learning experience.
I'm not preaching that goal setting is bad, striving for your best is pointless and planning for the future isn't necessary. I do all those things. I just don't consider "failure" the flip side of not achieving everything exactly as I thought was important on January 1st.
And now, on January 2nd, I take my cup of hot coffee and a leftover Christmas cookie and watch the house finch in his red attire while a few lacy snowflakes drift from the sky. This might be the best resolution for January 2nd I've come up with today!