I am not a big “New Year’s Resolution” person, but the first day of the new year does provide a punctuation in time, so why not?
I will endeavor to renew friendships that had grown cold.
I will endeavor to take actions to learn Russian. (I have tried, but find I never can find the time to sit down for an hour a day, and I have never had the chance to be in a Russian-speaking environment where I had to speak more than the simplest Russian to survive.)
I will endeavor to improve my literary German and my command of German vocabulary and more complex grammatical forms and expressions.
I will try to work harder on behalf of the cause of liberty.
For the first, I have contacted a few people. For the second, I have fired up the Rosetta Stone and resolved to find time every day for that and for grammar and vocabulary drills. For the third, I bought during a recent stopover in Germany a number of novels from Herta Müller and have started Atemschaukel, and have recently read a few more short essays by Robert Musil, whose German is especially rich and challenging and whose ideas I believe to be important. (I need to improve my ready command of German vocabulary and to be challenged to think at the same time.) For the fourth, I am working to sketch out my schedule for the year and to think more carefully about how to work with the resources available to me and to increase both the amount of those resources and the effectiveness with which my colleagues and I can deploy them. (Today I have been working on reports on meetings I had for our libertarian friends in Afghanistan and on some important human rights cases in the Middle East, including Kareem and Ali Hussein Sibat.)