Am I the Only One Who Doesn’t Already Have 2012 in a Jujitsu Submission Hold?


Holidays: Unplugged  Image

Last night I built a fire in the fireplace that still had hot coals this morning when I woke up.  Last week I put together toys, played with dolls (2 daughters), watched movies, played games, and generally took a moment to enjoy all of the things that we spend the rest of the year working hard to take care of.  In a word, it was glorious.  In fact some time last week I posted on Facebook that the whole “not going to work” thing just felt so right it was probably God’s will.

It is important to take a moment and just be with your family and I am grateful that I was able to do that.  We all work so hard to support and provide that if we don’t take a minute sometimes to enjoy it we can forget the big picture of why we do what we do.  Not to mention, I needed the week off between Christmas and New Year’s along with a razor knife, a screwdriver, some wire cutters and a pry-bar, just to free my daughter’s presents from their packaging.  Can we all agree that it has gotten a bit out of hand?

I hope all of you had a safe and happy holiday and remembered that spending time with the ones you work so hard for is totally sweet.



Weak Image

I am Glad you are Kicking 2012 in the Face But it Just Kinda Feels Like a Monday to Me.

I am a big fan of fresh starts and setting goals and getting motivated.  That being said, on the morning of January 1, 2012, I still needed to clean my closet.  I still needed to take the trash out, and I still had 47 other unfinished projects at home/work/etc.

I think I am probably more of a 1st quarter resolution type of guy.  In college I just about always skipped the first day of class and in high school I rarely got there in time for home room.  I still learned the stuff (mostly) but I avoided all of the hoopla and rigmarole of “getting started.”  

There are definitely things that I want to do this year and things that I want to improve in my life, I also know that if I burst off the starting line in a dead sprint I will get winded and the rest of the field will pass me in short order.  Then I will get discouraged and just go make a sandwich.

So to all of you out there that don’t already have 2012 in a submission hold, don’t be discouraged, you aren’t alone.  Set your goals and follow through and make it a great year but don’t give up if it seems like everyone else woke up a new person in a new world because they didn’t.  They still need to clean their closet out too.  Unrealistic New Year’s resolutions are totally weak.




About Simon

I am a husband and a dad of two little girls. I am a lone Y chromosome and am already planning my escape strategy to deal with the estrogen flood that is on its way. People say there is a lot of joy to be found in the simple things and I have found they can provide a healthy dose of anti-awesome as well. I am, in general, a pretty optimistic guy and needed a bit of a creative outlet; so here it is. Thanks for stopping by. View all posts by Simon

3 responses to “Am I the Only One Who Doesn’t Already Have 2012 in a Jujitsu Submission Hold?

  • cindy

    This blog is so true and I loved reading it! It is good to remember that no one wakes up a new person on January first. All the overreacting just makes me nervous. Thanks.

  • Jamie

    I’m relieved to find I’m not the only one…thank God! Now…back to my non-butt-kicking-of-the-New-Year day.

  • Sylvia Smith

    What IS the deal with people posting super aggressive 2012 posts on FB? For example, many of my friends have claimed that they will be kicking 2012’s butt. I’ve found it pretty humorous. For me, some sort of annual theme or small (1-3) group of priorities helps me have some focus, but it takes a while for the theme or priority to unfold. At present, I don’t have a clue! I am reading a book called 18 Minutes by Peter Bregman and the first few chapters are all about stopping the fast forward and pausing. The value of the “pause”. Your post today is all about that. Stopping to pause is underrated.

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