Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.


Is it too late for New Year’s resolutions? I confess I hadn’t thought about how I might want to conduct myself in 2007. However, this is a great opporunity to reflect on the past year and condition myself for the new one.

2006 might best be described as my personal Summer of George… err K. While I went in a lot of new directions both personally and professionally, it still feels like little changed by the end of it. I met a lot of new people in 2006 and expanded my activity list dramatically. However, at the end of the year, my closest friends are pretty much the same ones they were at the end of 2005 and none of the activities evolved into real hobbies. After much brainstorming in my research, I got to a point where I could propose my thesis topic. However, even after it was accepted, I spent the rest of the year locked in brainstorming mode rather than switching to action. While I had more successes than Costanza, I spent a lot of time “decompressing.”

The time for decompressing is over. Therefore, I resolve to be more resolved in 2007. That is, I will spend more time acting and less time being pensive. In both the social and professional arenas, this involves acting on the ideas that have been fermenting in my head like brain crack. Does being resolved guarantee success in one’s endeavors? Often it doesn’t, but as I once quoted from the Hagakure by way of the movie Ghost Dog, “When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to all.”


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