I don’t believe in making New Year resolutions. I believe in the power of each of us to recognize the need to make changes for the better any hour of any day.
Instead, here are my everyday wishes for the New Year.
To sleep a deep, restful, uninterrupted sleep every night and awake every morning feeling strong and clear-minded.
To feed myself with satisfying, freshly prepared food, eat at a table every night and rediscover the grace of the natural world in the vegetable, mineral and animal sustenance that passes through my cooks’ hands with every meal I prepare.
To make my body strong. To feel my legs stretch beneath me every single day and fill my lungs with great gulps of air. To fold myself into myself. To sweat.
To find meaning in work and to leave work. To bring creativity to work and labor at creativity.
To fight squirrels with cunning and nobility, causing no discomfort, no bloodshed, always remembering the holiness of squirrel jihad.
To fight fundamentalism in every form it takes – religious, political, idealogical – and to love my enemy the squirrel.