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I Can See Clearly Now

Confessions of a realistic pollyanna

Some days of the year seem to be a bit more pressure situations than others. Take Valentine's Day. It is supposed to be a day of romance. If one is on a date with their significant other, they want to make sure that everything goes just so. Or take Christmas. The movies have taught us to have that magical day and many people feel that if they don't have a "Norman Rockwell" type Christmas, then the day is ruined. But without a doubt the biggest day where we pressure ourselves is New Year's Day.

Often times New Year's is a day when we make resolutions. People promise to quit drinking or to quit smoking. They promise to lose weight. They resolve to swear less. But more often than not, people are not quite ready to give up these habits. They are tempted by the left over goodies in the fridge. The gym memberships that they bought doesn't give instant results but requires lots of hours of work over many months to make a real change. The person might have set New Year's as a date, but still haven't dealt with the real issues of why they smoke, drink, or overeat. Setting a very arbitrary date such as January 1, to begin a lifestyle change is all well and good, but if you aren't prepared to do the hard work of the change come January 2nd, you are doomed to failure.

Second, some people seem to think that because we are in a New Year, our luck will change. If 2019 was a particularly hard year then surely 2020 will be better. Well unfortunately, the gods, lady luck, the fates does not work on a calendar. In life one will have high periods and low periods. Sometimes one will go through a series of a high moments or low points in quick succession. Just because one had many low points in 2019 does not mean that one is immune from other low points in 2020. It just doesn't work that way sorry.

Third, we enter into this time of year and the first words from our lips is Happy New Year. For people like me this is not a stretch. I tend to see the brighter side of things. I look forward to each new day. I know that there will be challenges to be faced, but hey I have made it through this far. I like being happy and I want to be happy. But I know that there are many who look on the dark side of things. There are people who choose not to be happy. I am not sure how these "grumpy Gusses and Gerties" take to the annual wishes of good cheer.

To me, New Year's Day is just another day. But if you choose to make significant changes on this day, fantastic. There is no time like the present. If it doesn't work out in a few weeks time, maybe you can make such a change later in the year. Often times, success comes after many, many failures. If you have had a string of bad luck recently, I do hope your luck changes for the better, if not today then soon. And if you are a happy type person, may you continue to be happy in the New Year. If you are not a happy person, may this year go as you want it as well. Blessings.

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