While resolutions are usually different from tangible and measurable goals (I'll address goals in a later post), they can certainly be useful in their own right. I made a number of vegan resolutions/goals here and there last year (with a bit of success in attaining some of them), but want to start 2012 with two primary aims:
- To become more focused on solutions rather than problems, and
- To become more effective in helping reduce animal use and suffering
The first resolution stems in a way from a selfish desire because 2011 was personally challenging in ways that I don't even want to talk about, and I can only deal with so much added anger, frustration and sadness. Thus, I don't want to be stuck in what the problems are, but rather dwell on ways to overcome them. I need more hope and optimism if I'm going to be in this movement for the long haul, plus I'm starting to think it's more pragmatic to focus on what's working and to celebrate the gains rather than being mired in the muck all the time. What's that saying again? It's better to be pro-peace than anti-war. Not that I think I'll ever turn into a Pollyannaish good-news-only vegan (and I'll definitely still churn out snarky and/or depressing posts now and then), but for the most part I want to become more positive, and frankly, I want to have more fun on this blog. So, the three keywords this year will be solutions, effectiveness and fun!
Happy New Year. May 2012 be your most awesome vegan advocacy year yet! :)