A new year has begun – so for approximately the 2,014th time since the first Christmas, we have an opportunity to take the steps we feel necessary to try and do things right this year. Personally, I know that in my 53-something years, those steps have been up, down, side-ways, reverse, lateral, you name it, I have probably demonstrated just about every conceivable vector that any Geometry teacher would be proud of. Problem is – I’m not proud of me. Despite my best intentions – and frankly, more than a few would be considered pretty lame – meeting the goal – the objective – however you want to phrase it, have had mixed results. Then I pause for a moment and wonder why this is so… I mean, ‘c’mon’ DUDE you’ve been there, done this, that, and the other thing, got more than a few gnarly looking t-shirts to prove it – why are you bummed with you? In my quest to do the best, I fail to realize one very important part – “it ain’t gonna’ happen Pilgrim – you are a card-carrying member of Team Human – it is your destiny to fail and fall short, no matter what.”… meaning, okay, so I didn’t win the lottery – hmmm…. Did I bother to PLAY the lottery? Um, noooo…. well then, that mystery is solved. What I’m trying to convey to you is this – don’t get so far down in the dumps that you don’t see the results of your past efforts are blocking your desire to push on and try something better. Liken that thought to this week’s image of the steps and the ocean. Are they leading UP from the ocean, or DOWN to the ocean? There are days for sure, where we really do feel like that those waves are waiting to pounce on us if we give up. Perhaps maybe instead, that tidal surge is pushing us back up past the implied danger of those rocks that you don’t see (but know are there) to a point where we can stand and reflect on where we are, how we got there, and what can we do to move on in a positive direction. In a word, this is called HOPE. This hope can come (and go) in a bunch of different ways. Be it rooting for your favorite team during the playoffs, to figuring out what it is we’re going to make for dinner on Tuesday, hope is pretty much an under-appreciated term that should be kept in the positive spin of this ‘life’ we call ours. In reality, that ‘hope’ generally has a darker side – as in “I hope that knucklehead finds a ditch and a light pole after cutting me off back there” and worse. Be careful what you hope for – someone else might be thinking the same thoughts about you and your less than Ms. Manners perfect approach to driving too. Karma can and does become a major factor in these contemplations of ours. Let’s just hope that in the end, things will work out as we had aspired – and despite the many side-steps and ‘hmmm – didn’t see that one coming…’ obstacles that we will continue to encounter throughout life, we can at least try to do so with a smile. Besides – it’ll give you a real pause for the cause – so that unlike Mr. Mayhem from Allstate® who loves to wreak havoc whenever he can, your day is way more laid back and saner. As such. Then you can go head-butt the refrigerator… it will chill you out in more than one way.
Have a great week!!