Happy New Year!!! — Happy New Decade!!!

by tkbrown

The start of a New Year is traditionally a time for New Beginnings. Resolutions are made with the specific intent of changing behaviors that hinder us from being the best person we can be. The custom dates to ancient days in many countries and cultures. It is often tied to religious customs designed to acknowledge wrongdoing of the past year, seek forgiveness and determine not to repeat the forgiven offense. This year, complicating matters involving resolutions for 2020 is the beginning of a New Decade as well. Many will be setting long-term goals for the decade in both business and personal endeavors.

Resolutions are meant to strengthen our resolve in attaining specific goals. The problem is, more than half are unable to maintain the expected behavior modification. It is important to resolve changes that are small steps toward an intended goal. Keep the expected change small enough to be attainable.

Designating behavioral change above that which one is able to attain often leads to self-deprecation due to the difficulty of achieving the desired goal — so it is lost even before it is begun. If you embrace the custom of resolving change as each new year begins, be kind to yourself. Don’t expect too much. Set an attainable goal, because then you can be pleased with the progress you have made — and you can truly celebrate the end of a good year when New Years’s Day 2021 comes ’round. Above all, as some wise person once said — Live, Laugh, Love!!!

Happy New Year!!!!

Endings . . .

by tkbrown

Saying ‘Goodbye’ to days of old,
preparing for new days in view;
watching the old wind down, expire —
one last ‘Hurrah’ before the due.

Parties galore, much to be done,
friends will gather, endless blather;
dressed to the nines, bidding good will,
eating hors d’oeuvres . . . crackers a ‘slather.

Everyone gathers New Year’s Eve
to watch ‘old year out’, ‘new year in’;
knowing good times ‘of old’ are gone
and will never be seen again.

Talk of ‘those days’ enjoyed you’ll hear —
reminiscings heard all around —
until ‘Clock’ bids ‘the old’ adieu
and loudly the buzzer doth sound.

Then all will lift arms high in toast
to the brand-new year we accrue
as the chorus of Robert Burns’
‘Auld Lang Syne’ ends the ‘old year’ true.

‘Old Long Since,’ the Scottish ditty
all will sing, brings the ‘old year’s end’
while welcoming in the ‘brand new’ . . .
new beginnings and ways to mend.

Resolutions are made by all —
it seems — as they strive to start anew;
good will and intent toasts are raised . . .
promising ties will last with you.