year, a time to reflect on the past and plan for the
future. If you are alive today,
you have much to be thankful for. This time of the
year always reminds me of the things I could have done
better. I'm filled with the conviction to be a better
human in the new year. This year I will kept track
of my good intentions and I will grade myself next year.
1. I'm going to practice the modified eleventh
commandment, not to speak ill of a fellow plant eater. If
I can get
this practice to be universally accepted, we will take
a giant step towards a better world.
2. I'm going to try to be as good
a person as my wife. I
believe she married me as a reclamation project and it
is high time I show her the fruit of her labor.
3. I'm committed to enjoying food
more and eating less. My
plan is to look as good in the mirror as I have convinced
myself that I now look. This may call for a new
mirror or new glasses.
4. I'm committed to never be the
first person in a group to broach the subject of diet. I must learn to swallow
words before they cross my lips. This may replace
my reduced food intake.
5. I hope to never criticize a person if I haven't been
able to find something to praise them for. My criticism
should only come after reviewing my past behavior and making
sure I haven't been guilty of making the same mistake.
If I have made the same mistake I should admit it before
trying to correcting someone else.
6. I plan to praise every animal,
from birds to worms and all critters in between. Life without
be like life without love. True unconditional love
comes from animals.
7. I'm going to try to greet every
event with a smile. I'm
sure that there is a bright side to every event in the
world if we look hard enough. I've been given much
more to smile about than I have ever been burdened with
that caused me to frown.
8. I'm committed to giving folks
a hand up whenever I have a chance. I will try to answer "yes" when
asked and try to remember" no" is a two lettered
word to be used as a last resort.
9. I'm going to try to live as
if I were living in a glass house. I will try to
act better than I thought was possible yesterday.
10. I'm committed to deal with
life as if I were blind and had to recall the beauty
earth. If I were
on trial for doing good would there be enough evidence
to convict me? If I died, would they say he loved too much?
Howard Lyman, December 29, 2002