Post #1

For a while now I have had an informal personal goal, which is, every day, to accomplish one thing that has a lasting positive impact on my life.

The over-arching concept of that goal is that I want to do more than just get through each day. I want to come out of as many days as possible better equipped and more skilled and more knowledgeable than I was coming in. Stated more alarmingly, stasis terrifies me: I don’t want to spend my life treading water, as it were. So I am hereby resolving to push forward, at least a little, every day.

And hey, if each improvement made me a better person (including making me better at improving), then the optimal result would be some sort of exponential curve trending towards becoming an ubermensch (very much √† la the transhumanistic notion that “to be more than human is to be human”). While my expectations are nothing of that sort, with an upper bound like that, how could I refuse to try?

Today’s accomplishment is setting up this blog (using the definition of an event occurring “today” as “having been continuously awake from the event to now” rather than “having occurred on the same calendar date”). I am counting this, notwithstanding the two(?) other times I’ve set up a personal blog, because this time will be different, I promise.

The obvious thing, going forward, is to record each day’s accomplishment here. This is an appealing idea because it would then allow me to actually quantify and analyze the degree to which I am successfully living up to my one-a-day goal. This is also an unappealing hypothetical practice both because in general I dislike the notion of journals/diaries and for possible privacy concerns (not of the revealing-sensitive-information sort, but of the no less valid how-much-of-your-life-do-you-really-want-to-be-public-knowledge? sort). Also, I am hesitant because it seems to me that the act of publishing information carries an implicit assertion that the information is worth publishing. It is by no means obvious to me that this is the case here.

At any rate, I haven’t yet made up my mind whether I will attempt to record my accomplishments, so, at this point, only time will tell. Either way, here’s to adding one to the count of personal blogs on the internet. *champagne and streamers*

I’m open to taking bets on whether this is my last post.

2 thoughts on “Post #1

  1. Mom

    Hooray! I believe you are on the right track.

    Let me share a related personal experience. I had been working out with Joanna for months but I wasn’t seeing the progress I expected. I added to my routine daily use of the “My Fitness Pal” app which has made ALL the difference in keeping me focussed on my goal. The act of daily recording was essential to keeping me on track. It’s very easy to have a goal in mind but pursue it only haphazardly because other priorities emerge, pushing you off track most days. Before you know it, you’ve totally lost focus.

    If you can make the daily record easy and pleasant (that’s the key to the Fitness Pal app — I enjoy using it) it will help to keep you on track toward your goals.

    Here’s wishing you constancy of purpose!

  2. Malcolm (AKA, Dad)

    1) Congratulations on a good resolve, one well worth emulating.
    2) Illustrates that by improving yourself you will often improve others around you.
    3) I bet on more posts


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