At first, they were a few lunchtime tweets, which proved of little interest, it seemed. But when I collected a couple, and added a few more, for a Facebook post at 9:30 pm on New Year’s Eve, they seemed to resonate. And so, with little ado, my New Year’s resolutions by way of lyrics and dialogue from works of theatre, but no less heartfelt for being so.
- Talk less, smile more.
- Wake each morning to realize I have a good thing going.
- Never walk alone.
- Decide what’s right, decide what’s good.
- Half the fun is to plan the plan. All good things come to those who can wait.
- Many people have to depend on the kindness of strangers. Be that stranger.
- When I speak, and I will, be kind.
I don’t want to patronize those who recognize where these are all from, or presume that everyone will know each one. So if you want to seek any of these out in their original contexts, here are some details.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, direct quote
- Stephen Sondheim, Merrily We Roll Along, “And then one morning I woke to realize, we had a good thing going.”
- Oscar Hammerstein II, Carousel, “Walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone.”
- Stephen Sondheim, Into The Woods, “You decide what’s right, you decide what’s good.”
- Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd, direct quote
- Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
- Robert Anderson, Tea and Sympathy, “When you talk about this…and you will…be kind.”