On the Everyman blog, David writes a lengthy
post on making new years’ resolutions. He takes the bite out of “making a
promise to yourself” (which only makes us feel bad when we inevitably break
that promise) by suggesting simply that you make a personal effort for your own
good and the good of “the status of men.”
Here are two suggestions I like:
Take up fine cooking. With the explosion of cooking
shows and male celebrity chefs, this could be a great possibility to shine in
the kitchen. Impress yourself with new knife skills and cooking beyond the
basic BBQ. As a side benefit, every woman will appreciate even your most modest
effort. Sad, but true, the bar is set fairly low in this arena, so knock us out
with your new found knowledge of food chemistry and wine lore.
Dedicate one day to grandfathering. Most men
will admit that they wish they had had more one-on-one time with their father.
But modern employment being what it is, most young adult parents still can’t
find the time, so this suggestion offers a benefit all the way around. As an
older man, you have more patience and time than your younger counterpart and
you can offer a different worldview to a generation who hardly sees their
grandparents anymore. It doesn’t matter if you’re the biological grandpa; grandfathering
is especially valuable to boys who have no father at home.
What do you think? Are you inclined to make a resolution or
more likely to follow a suggestion? Please share your comments.