My resolutions are usually about aiming for personal goals or eliminating personal deficits.
What if our resolutions were more focused on our interactions with others, not as a way to get but to give?
The writer David Rakoff (b. 1964) died in 2012 from cancer. In its year-end feature on notable deaths of the year, “The Lives They Lived,” the New York Times Sunday Magazine published a letter that Rakoff’s friend Ariel Kaminer had written, thanking him for important lessons. They are ones to live by:
- Don’t trade up.
- It’s better in the long run to be kind.
- Be grateful and humble and mean it.
Read the full version of the letter, and a fuller description of each axiom, here: link.
P.S. Of course I still have a personal resolution or two and will publish them later.