S-M-A-R-T in 2017

Remember the musical theme of the TV show The Twilight Zone? Cue that tune now. One of those moments just made an entrance – not totally creepy, though. Had it all happened on my iphone I would now be in conspiracy mode wondering why ‘they’ would be listening to me, but it didn’t involve my phone. Though I do talk out loud occasionally, especially when a deadline is exiting, not even the cat has heard me utter a syllable this morning, so my screens and microphones are not spying on me this time. The moment grabbed my attention about this entry.

I have been asked how I come up with the silly ideas for my column. That element of surprise is not there just for the PN readers of the Correspondence page; it is there for me the writer, too. Seldom does an idea thought through wind up on the page in the same form. I am just thankful for having the idea. Often the topic is not even in my head until pen meets the paper at 4 am in a booth at 24/7. (Maybe it looks like a stake-out for hard serve ice cream. I will be glad when that is back in the inventory).

Another circumstance gave me the go-ahead for today’s subject.. Wednesday at the noon meeting of the Poplar Bluff Toastmasters I heard a short speech on writing meaningful resolutions. It was a lively, informative presentation and I even took notes. Because my resolution poem has already been printed, I was refereeing an internal debate about duplicating a theme two weeks in a row. Then, meandering around the living room hoping my warm lemon water would kick-start a solution, I turned the TV on just in time to hear a CBS This Morning guest share the SAME information I noted at Toastmasters. Debate over. Here is the second column on New Year’s resolutions.

If we are going to keep composing them annually, sometimes perfect copies of failed ones. Let’s be SMART about them this year.
S – Be SPECIFIC. ‘Dieting’ is too vague. Eliminate a food instead.
M – Make it MEASURABLE. ‘Lose weight’ promotes procrastination. Drop a pant size is preferred.
A – It should be ATTAINABLE. That’s why I never say I will get noticeably taller. No can do.
R – REALISTIC is key. Wear a bikini in May? Ha! Come on, now.
T – Create a TIMELINE. “Inch by inch it’s a cinch; yard by yard it’s hard.”

If you have not written yours yet, or you have given up already, you are not alone. Try being SMART about it in 2017.

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About gleefulee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making passionate, lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. Now totally retired and looking for my summers to be full of fun as well! Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still very much a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content contributor for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist for our local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness.
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