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Happy New Year! May This Be a No Resolution Year…

January 2020

I don’t have any resolutions for the new year, though I do have things I want to do.

I will hope (pray, for those of faith) for another year just like last year. I’ll work hard, play harder, and love like I mean it.

What I won’t do is live as if tomorrow were my last day.  I love that saying, in a sarcastic way.  Let me ask you something; if tomorrow really was your last day on the planet, on the right side of the grass, would you go to work?

I have better things to do on my last day than go to work!  I like my job, even love it, and my coworkers are great, but let’s be realistic, here.  No way I’m working if I know tomorrow’s it.

This year I’ll live like I’ve got five decades left.  I’ll make sure my wife knows, every day, that, for me, the sun rises and sets on her.  I’ll make sure my kids know their dad loves them, and I’ll do everything I can to get them ready for the world.  I’ll go meetings, work the steps and the program.  I’ll go to any length to stay sober today, so I can have a happy and prosperous tomorrow, because with out my recovery my chances at a happy life disappear with a little “poof”.  Definitely not a big “poof”.

I’ll ride my bikes, a lot, and I’ll do it with a smile on my face.  I’ll go on road trips with my wife, kids, and friends.

And I’ll take whatever God puts in front of me, usually with a smile on my face, because the whole goal really isn’t doing what I want, it’s doing what God wants me to do.  That’s the reason for the happiness and joy in my life.

It’s not always what seems to be the easy path.  Often, it looks like the harder one to choose; the less fun… until I look back and I realize that was the only way I could have gone to remain content.

Live well, my friends.  Work hard.  Play harder.  Love like you mean it.

And ride a bike, because bikes are cool.


  1. annastk76 says:

    I love this. Like, REALLY love it! Recovery has really given me the reward of what you describe here. I feel that way exactly! And you’re – on a personal note – the person responsible for coining the expression that for me sums up life in recovery for me: “gentle rollers”. Something clicked when you first said it (I think it might have been in a comment you made giving me sound advice and insight) and it really did come true. Happy New Year to you! And except for focusing more on writing, there are no resolutions for me as recovery has meant I’m already in a fantastic spot. Yes, plenty of hopes and dreams but I’m living my best life right here, right now, doing the next right thing in the moment. ❤️👌

    • bgddyjim says:

      That’s how it worked for me, too. A sponsor said it, and it just clicked. I love those gentle rollers. I remember writing that comment on your blog, too. Does my heart good to know it mattered. Happy New Year, and many more.

  2. Anthony says:

    Bikes are definitely cool–and often so are the people who ride them.
    Have an amazing year.

  3. joliesattic says:

    My sentiments exactly! What’s with that?

  4. capejohn says:

    A bit off topic. My last day at work I wore a rented tux. At starting time, my manager held out some data for me to research and repair . I gave a look that said clearly, very clearly. “Are you effin nuts?” I had a few coworkers who were also retiring with a very generous incentive. They decided to keep working till the official retirement day. They would then sell their vacation time.

    Me? After 33 years, I left a few weeks early by taking my vacation time, before strapping on a jet pack to get out of there lickity split.

    The moral? Last days can be the best day.

  5. kenyata1 says:

    I like you have no resolution for the year. I’m constantly working on myself. Working on being better. Of course working on getting my miles in on my bike.

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