Can you believe that "Y2K" is now twelve years old? It seems like just a blink of the eye that we were all transfixed on what was going to happen, (or not happen), when the turn of the century actually turned. And nothing happened. Which is good, I guess, considering all the possibilities that were being thrown at us. But forget that and fast forward to the "here and now." 2012. Do you have your resolutions all ready to go? I always wrestle with New Year's Resolutions because I know I should probably make about a hundred of them or so, but.......
So this year, I am making a life change. No, no....I am still going to be John Sheda. It's not gonna be THAT big of a life change. No, I'm just changing New Year's Resolutions to New Year's Hopes. Yep, a one-word life change---from resolutions to hopes. That's big for me. So here are several of my New Year's Hopes for 2012:
I hope that this year, regardless of our political affiliation, we will expect and hold our elected officials to working for us, "We The People," for a change. I know it's not the best solution but may each politician start each day with the word "COMPROMISE" indelibly marked in their vocabulary. Forget the partisanship and start realizing that neither party is going to win when no one will cross the aisle and compromise. Doggone it, we are all Americans. Sometimes I'm ashamed the way our elected officials act. Grow up and do what's right for America. Harummph!
2. I hope that each one of us can learn to smile and smile frequently and often. And the best way to learn to smile is to take the time to enjoy life. Brighten up someone's day and be friendly. The good book tells us that a "merry heart does one good just like a medicine."
3. I hope that in 2012, we all in our little world, will make that world a better place. Years ago, there was a popular thing going around called, "Random Acts of Kindness." Every day, let's try to find one or even two people to share a simple, yet random act of kindness with them. Make a concerted effort to help someone out each and every day.
4. I hope that everyone reading this column will realize that we all are struggling with and going through hard and difficult times. Your struggle may be much different than my struggle but nonetheless, we all struggle. Begin each day thanking the good Lord for the many blessings you have. There is no such thing as a small blessing.
5. I hope that this year we will use just a little of our time to volunteer. Visiting a long-time friend in the nursing home, helping out at the food pantry, becoming a boy or girl scout leader or helper, joining a community organization and on and on and on. Heck, you could become your neighborhood volunteer director.
6. I hope that we will really believe that it's better to give than receive. My niece's son, I was told, went with his mom to deliver a Christmas gift to his teacher who just happened to live a couple of blocks away. After giving the gift to her, he exclaimed to his mom, "Wow, Mom, it really is more fun to give than receive. Do you think we can skip the rest of the way home?" Now, that's the idea.
There are myriad other ways of making New Year's Hopes and these are just a few. But 365 days or so from now, 2012 will be just about gone. Don't let another year go by just living your life to make ends meet. They will always meet. 2012 will be a year of victories and probably some defeats, but the good news is that we get to choose how we react to each victory and each defeat. HAPPY NEW YEAR.
That's The Way I See it..........................
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