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January 2, 2015

ICYMI — 21

John headshot Oct2013I cannot be the only one for whom this holiday season has felt like an eternity. I may need a break from the break! My guess is there are a number of you who might find a little online distraction particularly useful today. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s list of interesting things I found while looking around the world wide web:

Lots of folks make resolutions entering a new year, but few of us keep them for very long. Kozo Hattori offers fathers a list of 10 resolutions you won’t give up on by the end of January.

I haven’t always been a huge fan of Donald Miller, but I think that was more about me than it was about him. I really love the work he’s doing now with his Storyline brand, and his blog post here is particularly interesting to me. First, he offers a great reminder of the truth that some years are simply better than others. Second, he offers some perspective on how to move forward into the new year. Finally, he’s offering a chance for people to create their own life plan. Yes, he’s charging for it, but I have a suspicion that it might just be worth it.

Nike asked children what they would do with their lives if they had five extra years to live. The answers are predictably unpredictable — “I’d get more hamsters” — “I would probably build a time machine” — but the point is compelling. Nike’s point is that experts are predicting this generation will die younger than their parents (due to health problems that may be lessened through diet and exercise) unless things change. My point is more personal: You probably have at least five more years to live. What’s stopping you from doing something amazing?

Sometimes it’s easy to dismiss the role of “play” when there are far more serious things to consider — learning a trade or getting an education, for example. But more and more research is showing how important it is for children (and adults?) to just go play.

Glennon Doyle Melton is known for telling the truth — the good, the bad, and the ugly truth — about parenting. This is one of my favorite things she’s ever written — about the time she accidentally wore her pajamas to Target and her child threw an ear-splitting tantrum and a police officer had to intervene and…well…you can read it for yourself here.

Finally, Corbyn Tyson sat down to write a letter to his kids back during the summer. I’m not sure how I missed this, but I’m glad to have seen it now. It’s not necessarily what I would write my kids, but it’s good. It’s really good. It’s real, and it’s good. And it’s something every dad should consider doing. I’m going to start mine now.

While I’m writing that letter, you tell me: What did I miss?


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