Happy New Year

My Thoughts

Dr. Bill AtwoodDecember 27, 2012 

Happy New Year -- This coming Monday evening many in this area will have plans to welcome in the New Year. Those plans may involve an evening out dancing, eating, drinking, or they may involve getting a room elsewhere to spend some time alone with someone dear. My friends and I celebrate on New York time so that we are home and asleep when the final seconds slip away. We will need to have a moment to remember Dick Clarke as he won't be a part of the party ever again.

It is interesting that we put so much importance on the day of New Years Eve and that we all seem to watch the clock tick off the seconds until the old year goes into the history books and the New Year starts with such promise. The fact is that each second of each day is exactly the same and the days are no different than the one before or following. Yet we make a big deal of the change.

I happen to think that we all like celebrating milestones in our lives. The fact that we have "made it" through another year makes us feel better and we as a society seem to like the idea of starting with a clean slate.

I like to remind my students of the importance of making every day count for something. We need to make it a point to learn something new each day. We need to make sure to not waste the gift of that day on sloth.

Imagine being given $84,600 and being told that you could spend the money in any way you wanted on anything you wanted with two caveats: 1) you can't save any on it, not even a single penny, and 2) what ever is not spent during that day will be taken back. So you realize that there is no advantage in not spending the cash so you have a great time and spend it faster than you have ever spent before. Twenty-four hours later you find that you have money left over and you lose it. No award for saving it. The money is gone forever.

So it is with our lives. There are 86,400 seconds in every day and you can't save even one of them for another day. We can't save them up until we grow old. So spend each second of the day doing good stuff.

Getting rest is necessary and healthy habits are a must. So is volunteering at a local charitable organization. It is a good use of time to enroll in classes and spending time with family and friends is also time well spent. Setting aside time for spiritual needs is a great use of time along with being involved in honest labor.

Recreation isn't wasting time when it serves to refresh you mentally as well as physically, and taking in the beauty that surrounds us is never a waste. Spend your daily gift of 86,400 ticks of the clock as if they will be your last. You don't want the phrases of 'would have, could have, and should have' to be the mantra of your life. The Broadway hit, "Auntie Mame" centered on the life of a lady who believed, "Life is a banquet and most people are starving to death."

This will be an interesting year as it will be the year 2013. Many people fear the number 13. If it is a deep-seated fear it may even be a case of Triskaidekaphobia. This phobia may be only a fear of Friday the 13th, or the number 13 which I feel has earned a bad name without just cause. I must confess that I was born on a Friday the 13th so that may have a slight bearing on my thinking.

I just don't believe in superstitions so this coming year should be a great year at least according to the Ouija boards and physic readings. If those are wrong a rabbit's foot might help or my lucky penny.

Let's get ready to ring in the New Year and look back on what has happened during 2012. I am optimistic that next year will be better and the year after that better than 2013. So enjoy the holiday, and if you are going to have a few drinks be responsible and stay home or have a designated driver.

I wish each of you a very Happy New Year.

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