Now that our world’s financial situation is more secure, given the amount of consumer spending that took place at Christmas/Chanukah, we must rush to plan our New Year’s Eve celebrations in less than a week. And, frankly, I love the way we have come to say good-bye to the last year and WELCOME! to the new year.
The celebrations set forth the expectations of hope and accomplishment in the weeks & months to come; with the exception, of course, of weight-loss. Let’s not get the New Year off on a bad foot.
In keeping with this theme, allow me to offer some of the life-long-learning precepts I’ve stumbled upon along the way.
1. Plan for your summer family vacation within the first two weeks of January.
2. Take a New Year’s Day hike somewhere…, anywhere; except over fields of landmines.
3. Look at next year’s financial picture while you watch football. IT mixes the serious with the sublime. You can decide which is which.
4. If you are married, ask your wife/husband how you can love them MORE next year.
5. Set personal goals for your work-performance. It is not about getting that promotion: it is about making a difference in your workplace and in the lives of your fellow employees.
6. Plan to give $$$ away this coming year—lots of it. You will have more $$$ if you do. Don’t ask me how this works; it simply does. Trust me on this.
7. Eat out at a nice place once a month. It will remind you of your aspirations; and oh, tip big.
8. Avoid death, but take some scary risks in the New Year. You need to remind yourself how precious yet fragile life really is.
9. Face some of the BIG questions. “Where did all this stuff come from?” “Do I have a place in the grand scheme of things?” “What is it?” “How do I show love?” “How do I receive love?” “Am I ready to face my Maker?” “Who will win the Superbowl?” “Describe “God.”
10. Remember to breathe. You know what I mean.
There…, that should give you some things to think about during commercials. Forget making New Year’s Resolutions…, just DO this list.
Happy New Year!