New Beginnings, A new year.

First, a toast to you. May your New Year be filled with joy. What about last year’s resolutions? Did they work out for you? Maintaining joy in a world of political and social unrest is difficult. I could write pages on what is wrong or conceived as wrong in our present environment. We drIve ourselves endlessly to reach that “ideal” that few ever experience, yet we stay on the train, too afraid to pull the cord and change direction. Our greatest hope is to maintain our mental and physical health.

Personally, I’m glad to lived another year. I’ve cultivated new friends and been able to keep close the tried and true ones. I have practiced living in the moment and finding joy in whatever surprises caught my attention. More and more I’m allowing the problems of the world, over which I have no control, to take a back seat, leaving me to find joy in nature, creativity, and in the people who bring to me a sense of joy and laughter. Laughter actually is the best medicine. It can bring me out of the doldrums, a feeling that cannot be put in a pill by some pharmaceutical laboratory. I strive to pass that good will and laughter on to others.

I hope in the following year to see more happy faces, find more uplifting books to read, and hear more good news than bad. I want the future to be kind to me, but if the future has other plans for me, I will work my way through them the best I can.

How about you? Idle hands, and minds, are thought to be the devil’s workshop. Let’s use what we have to further the enjoyment of living, not only for ourselves but for others as well. Let’s click the “off” button of negativity and open our minds and heart to those often and seemingly obscured gems of possibility.

Winston Churchill advised, “Watch your words, they become your actions, watch your action, they become your habits, watch your habits, they become your character, watch your character for your character is your destiny.