And 'tis time to take stock once more.
Having given up more resolutions than I make, I decided that this year I be doing a mainly what have I learned list.
On the negative side:
* Some people will never take sorting out their lives into their own hands and will go on causing misery to themselves and those closest to them.
* Zealots are not open to reason. (Not that I really ever believed they were.)
* The hearing loss I've suffered (along with the dicky lungs)since I was a child is due to neurological damage and can't be cured.
* If I don't look after my health with a little more R&R, I'm just asking for trouble.
On the positive side:
* It is possible to minimise the damage done by those at the top of the negative list without giving advice they're never going to take.
* On-line friends can become true RL friends, no matter what their age, creed, or nationality.
* There's this great device I can use with the telly to prevent others being blasted out by the over-the-top volume
* I've learned to juggle - wheee!
* And I've learned that I can write fiction and that it involves almost as much of the much-loved research as non-fiction.
And if this all seems a little self-indulgent, given what is happening in the world - these are the little things that impinge on the daily life in my little corner of the world over which I do have some control. And if I don't manage them, no one else will.
And on that note, I wish you all a Happy New Year. May 2005 bring you the peace, health and happiness for which you wish.