FLASHBACK 1943: WOODY GUTHRIE’S “RULIN’S” RESOLUTIONS

The late, great Oklahoma icon (hero to Bob Dylan) Woody Guthrie continues to inspire with his New Year’s resolutions, or “Rulin’s” as he called ‘em. In his journal entry dated Jan. 1, 1943, the folk singer/songwriter set out 33 New Year’s goals. There’s some pretty decent advice on this list. Here’s what Woody sez:
33. Wake Up And Fight
32. Make Up Your Mind
31. Love Everybody
30. Love Pete
29. Love Papa
28. Love Mama
27. Help Win War — Beat Fascism
26. Dance Better
25. Play And Sing Good
24. Send Mary And Kids Money
23. Have Company But Don’t Waste Time
22. Save Dough
21. Bank All Extra Money
20. Dream Good
19. Keep Hoping Machine Running
18. Stay Glad
17. Don’t Get Lonesome
16. Keep Rancho Clean
15. Learn People Better
14. Listen To Radio A Lot
13. Read Lots Good Books
12 Change Bed Clothes Often
11. Change Socks
10. Shine Shoes
9. Wear Clean Clothes
8. Write A Song A Day
7. Drink Very Scant If Any
6. Eat Good — Fruit — Vegetables — Milk
5. Take Bath
4. Shave
3. Wash Teeth If Any
2. Work By A Schedule
1. Work More And Better
(T/Y Kate)

 Woody Guthrie's journal entry from January 1, 1943

Woody Guthrie's journal entry from January 1, 1943

 Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie