I’m formulating my New Year’s resolutions early this year. This way, it might take a little longer before I fail to live up to them.
So here goes:
I’m going to be more open-minded. I’m going to be more tolerant. I’m going to be less critical.
I will listen to other people’s arguments, empathize with their point of view. (Unless they are apologists for Trump.)
Even though I’m nearly always right about nearly everything, I won’t say so out loud. I will stop consulting Google during dinner parties to verify that I’m right and you’re wrong. I won’t point out that these online consultations almost always affirm my glorious rightness.
I will be soft and gentle, never strident. I will nod politely while you share whatever inanity happens to spring from your lips. I will smile and commend you for your insight.
“That’s very interesting,” I will say. “I never thought of that before.”
It’s the new me.
Instead of focusing on other people’s shortcomings — there are so many to consider! — I will focus on my own.
After all, there are many of those, too.