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One day can change your life. One day can ruin your life. All life is is three or four big days that change everything. — Beverly Donofrio

This observation, by the author of Riding in Cars with Boys,

Avoiding the Alligators

(Updated for 2016)
It’s resolution season, but resolutions are not enough. Why? Because most resolutions are “alligator” resolutions.

In the military there is a saying that “When you’re up to your behind in alligators, it’s hard to remember that your mission was to drain the swamp.” (Actually, the saying is slightly more colorful than that, but you get the idea.)

Our lives are full of “alligators” — that leak in the garage, the annoying number on the scale, the cigarettes in your pocket, the mess on the desk and more. But, as important or frustrating these may seem, they may not be the drivers we want for the next year. How do we find what is really important?