STEP ONE: TASK #1
A good man is always a beginner. Martial (c. 40–c.104)
Ah, the new year. A time to reset, re-energize, re-commit, and renew. And though the barbarians are at the gate and an imbecile is in the White House, 2017 is going to rock, gentlemen.
Over the next year I will present more tasks for you to accomplish if you are interested in pressure-washing your personality and re-discovering the you that you miss so badly.
The following is a loving echo of a past entry, but it’s important to lay down the ground rules.
So here goes:
1. This is a blog for men. All men. Fat men, short men, normal men, old men, young men, black, white and any other color man. It’s for Christians, Jews, Muslims and Atheists, just as long as you check the box marked M. It’s for bed wetters, ugly men and handsome men and the millions that fall somewhere in the middle. It’s for cops and robbers, sinners and saints, beggars and millionaires. Hairy men and bald men. It’s extroverts and introverts–and there is only one rule (read No. 2).
2. There is but one rule: You have to tell yourself the truth.
3. I suggest you start a diary or journal to record the tasks that you complete. You don’t have to share it with anyone else. As a matter of fact, I recommend that you never show anyone what you write, or paint, or draw in connection with this process. If you decide to hide your diary or journal, don’t forget where you put it because you should read it as often as possible. And don’t be afraid to return to a task and re-do it as often as your life changes, or you change.
4. If you want to communicate with me and share your experiences, or bitch at me, I live here: [email protected]. I, in turn, will occasionally share the best e-mails in my blog, anonymously of course.
5. Just don’t ask me questions. Ask yourself questions.
6. Don’t skip a task.
Buy a notebook, a journal, or steno pad. Open your mind.
Good Luck. Joe.
Photo by Sam Beebe