Just as well my New Year resolutions of 2015 didn’t include blogging more, as I only did 9 posts all year. Having said that, 6 of those blog posts were in January, so maybe I did make that resolution without remembering it – one of the benefits of not writing resolutions down I guess.
I did write a couple of resolutions down last year – to try to do more to reduce the impact and power of hate-mongers in our country, and to try to have fewer people claiming there is a budget emergency to justify cuts to social services and income support. I feel like I didn’t do enough as I should have on either front – I didn’t expect that I would be able to single handedly achieve these outcomes, just do more things to help push the tide in a better direction – so perhaps writing these things down doesn’t make such a difference after all.
But I’ll have another try at doing better at both in 2016. Hate-mongering has definitely got worse in the last twelve months, and even though Tony Abbott is no longer our national leader and thus less able to facilitate this from quite such an influential position, he is also now more freed up to give more explicit voice to such things himself and to give more direct encouragement/support to his far too many fellow travellers.
And whilst the term ‘budget emergency’ might have gone a little bit out of fashion – not least because the Liberal/Nationals have shown themselves to be complete failures at budget managers, even on the terms they themselves set – there is certainly no let up in governments and commentators using ‘savings’ as an excuse to gun for people on low incomes and on the services that these people are most reliant on. Less than a month ago, the release of the latest update on the federal government’s budget situation provided the (barely tenable) justification for proposing yet another round of attacks on the most vulnerable.
Still, the times during 2015 when I feel I did best at living up to those two resolutions coincided strongly with when I was feeling healthier and more together personally. Which has made me think that some of those more traditional New Year resolutions aimed at personal improvement could be worthwhile after all. I might even write them down! 2015 was a very up and down year for me, with quite a lot of changes – and having a year with some ups was a definite improvement on years without any. Something to build on even.
more to come