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New Year’s resolutions for 2019 from the Editorial Board Roundtable

Planning to do more good works? To contribute to general civility and to avoid attributing motives to others without a basis to do so? To clean up clutter or cut down on some of that girth? (Almost) anything goes in this year’s version of our editorial board roundtable New Year’s resolutions. Please share what you’re resolving for the New Year in the comments.

Ted Diadiun, editorial board member:

I’ve reached an age where I seem to be saying goodbye a lot more than I’m saying hello, and as I bid adieu to newly absent friends, I often wonder if they knew how much they meant to me. With some, I know they did; too often, I’m not so sure. This year I’ve resolved to make sure my personal eulogies are delivered while my friends are still around to hear them … even if it’s just a birthday greeting on Facebook. So, if you get a note from me that seems a bit dramatic, don’t worry … I’m not dying (I don’t think). I’m just trying to let you know I think you’re OK.

Thomas Suddes, editorial writer:

My resolution: to read more about America’s colonial-era history and about the U.S. Constitution.

Mary Cay Doherty, editorial board member:

A friend once quipped, “The key to goal-setting is low expectations.” Instead, I lean toward charting unattainable pathways to perfection. So this year, I resolve to accept that improvement doesn’t demand perfection. Second, I resolve to live in the moment, worrying less and appreciating more. Third, I resolve that, upon failing to execute the first two resolutions, I will (grudgingly) acknowledge that self-improvement for the incorrigible requires daily re-resolving.

Eric Foster, editorial board member:

I never really got into doing resolutions because, admittedly, I was that person who said, “Why wait for the new year to do something?” But, if I must indulge, I would resolve to talk to God every day in 2019. This is not me being “preachy” or anything like that. I just know I’m a better version of myself when He and I talk.

Lisa Garvin, editorial board member:

I walk regularly, but I need to get my heart rate up by tackling ever steeper terrain until I can reach the summit without stopping. That goes for my new life in Cleveland, too. I must climb out of my comfort zone and find people with shared passions, follow my poetry muse, attend more Indians games, and sharpen my writing to be worthy of the wordsmiths I share ink with.

Victor Ruiz, editorial board member:

I want to be more intentional about the food that goes in my mouth and the words that come out. I also want to spend more time with family and friends, and less time with those who don’t value me. Lastly, I want to continuously remind myself that I am a small cog in this wheel called life and that we all are valuable. I wish everyone the best in 2019 and do hope that we can figure out a way to move our community forward.

Elizabeth Sullivan, director of opinion, cleveland.com:

Being part of this wonderfully diverse community, and exposed on an almost daily basis to the sometimes very divergent views of our editorial board, has made me realize I need more humility and open-mindedness both in my writing and interactions with others. That’s also one of the lessons of the beautiful, all-too-short life of Nikki Delamotte, our deeply mourned colleague. Nikki respected everyone; she valued everyone. There was room in her heart and journalism for the great and the small, the famous and the overlooked; and she worked so hard to live her values. I resolve to spend 2019 doing what I can to be more like Nikki.

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