Balancing 2012

My last resolution post was way back in January of 2010 and highlighted a few areas of focus:

  • Swimming
  • Reading (books)
  • Writing (on the blog)
  • Health
  • Japanese

I didn't stay focused on most of these things in 2010 or 2011; a few events pre-empted my wonderfully scripted world:

I did take swimming lessons, bought a kindle, read over ten books, and began a running program - so I made progress!

As I think about 2012 and where it is headed, I came up with the few themes that I want to focus on. Not surprisingly, they have a lot in common with 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006 ...

  • Health: Bike to work, regular running, and back to swimming lessons.
  • Family: Date nights with Eriko, more time with kids, and more talk with siblings and cousins.
  • Growth: Read more books, write more blogs, and find ways for "me" time.
  • Hobbies: Build more crafts, work on the MG, and upgrade computing environment.

My theme for 2012: Balance

Balance activity with serenity,
wealth with simplicity,
persistence with innovation,
community with solitude,
familiarity with adventure,
constancy with change, 
leading with following.

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Better learn balance. Balance is key.

Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?

- Mr. Miyagi

Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.

- Michael Johnson