Last night I went to bed thinking like millions of other people in the world. I was thinking about the year that had just past, and about the New Year that has just begun. I thought about the mistakes I made in 2008, and the regrets that I have for things I did or did not do. I also thought about some of the things I would like to do in 2009, goals I would like to reach, and experiences that I would like to have.

I woke up early with Nick this morning, and something struck me about his behaviour. He woke up happy and eager to face the day. He’s 15 months old and knows nothing about New Years resolutions. He isn’t aware of the constant pattern of making and breaking resolutions that people have. He just wakes up everyday intent on having the best day that he can. He doesn’t let yesterday’s problems bog him down, and he doesn’t let worries about tomorrow ruin his day today.

To me, that sounds like the best resolution possible for 2009.

The older Nick gets and the more time I spend with him the more I realize that even though my job is to teach him the things he needs to know to survive, he has just as much to teach me about living a good life.