Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities.
I hope that if you celebrate Christmas that you had a great day yesterday. Now with only a few days left before we begin another New Year we have a little time to reflect on what 2014 was like for each of us. In my case I think it went pretty well. I survived two life threatening events and also had surgery to correct some plumbing problems; I even made some new friends during the recovery processes. I had to back down from some of my commitments but I was able to reprogram my activities to where I could still stay involved and even maybe do some good.
Those of you who have been reading the Daily for a while were joined this year by hundreds of new subscribers. Many are from other parts of the world; the most recent being a new friend from Croatia. Taking the time to think about our world each day as I prepare to write the Daily helps me to realize just how fortunate I am. I have lived a long time and traveled widely. I have done many things over the years, the highlight being my years with a leading global public health project. Now I have the time to appreciate all the things overlooked in the past. I am especially grateful for each day that my wife of 62 years and I spend without significant problems.
I don’t plan on setting big goals for 2015 other than making sure I make it another great year. I will exercise more during my daily visits to the gym while limiting my love of food to reasonable levels. And of course I will continue to do my best to provide you each day with humor and sprinkled with wisdom that I have found along the way.
Here are some resolutions recently published in a Pittsburgh paper that I think I’ll add to my 2015 list, you might want to as well.
Spend More Time with Family & Friends
Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken, and others shows that more than 50% of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. Make plans to meet up with friends for an evening of camaraderie at a favorite restaurant or take the family to a popular place for family fun. Work shouldn’t always come first!
Fit in Fitness
The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better.
Tame the Bulge
Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program and the key to success.
Enjoy Life More
Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you! Get out and try something new! Take up a new hobby. Go to a theater performance, or head to the local spa.
A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. Or if your time is really in short supply, maybe you can at least find it in you to donate the furniture, clothing and other household items that you no longer need, rather than leaving them out by the curb to fill up our landfills.
Let our New Year’s resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.
A lifelong unchurched man suddenly develops a vague religious urge and decides to join a church–any church. So he sets out to find one.
His first stop is a Roman Catholic church where he asks what he has to do to join. The priest mentions diligent study and the affirmation of the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds, then–just to see how much the man knows–asks him where Jesus was born. “Pittsburgh,” he answers. “Get out!” cries the shocked priest.
Next stop is a Southern Baptist church where the seeker is told he would have to learn Bible verses, swear belief in the Nicene and Apostles’ creeds, swear off booze, and be baptized (“By immersion, not just some sissy sprinklin'”). The Baptist preacher then, to see how much this man knows, asks him where Jesus was born. “Philadelphia?” he asks tentatively (once bitten, twice shy). “Get out, you heathen!” yells the preacher.
Our perplexed protagonist finally walks into a Unitarian church where he is told all he has to do is sign a membership card. “You mean I don’t have to renounce anything, swear to anything, or be dunked in anything?” “That’s right. We have no special tests for membership, no dogma. We support total individual freedom of belief.” “Then I’ll join! But tell me–where was Jesus born?” “Why, Bethlehem, of course.” The man’s face lights up. “I knew it was some place in Pennsylvania!”
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted and used against you.
“Dad, I was away for a week. Yesterday I sent an email to my wife I’d be home that night, and when I got into my room I found my wife in another man’s arms. Why, Dad? Tell me why!”
Dad kept silent for a few minutes, then coolly said, “Maybe, Son, she didn’t get the email.”
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
The man was in no shape to drive, so he wisely left his car parked and walked home. As he was walking unsteadily along, he was stopped by a policeman. “What are you doing out here at 2 A.M.?” asked the officer.
“I’m going to a lecture.” The man said.
“And who is going to give a lecture at this hour?” the cop asked.
“My wife,” said the man.
You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.
More than anything, a young man from the city wanted to be a cowboy. Eventually he found a rancher who took pity on him and gave the lad a chance.
“This,” he said, showing him a rope, “is a lariat. We use it to catch cows.”
“I see,” said the man, trying to seem knowledgeable as he examined the lariat. “And what do you use for bait?”
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
This guy loved living in Staten Island, but he wasn’t crazy about the ferry. If you missed a ferry late at night, you had to spend the next hour or so wandering the deserted streets of lower Manhattan.
So, when he spotted a ferry no more than fifteen feet from the dock, he decided he wouldn’t subject himself to an hour’s wait. He made a running leap and landed on his hands and knees, a little bruised maybe, but safe on deck.
He got up, brushed himself off, and announced proudly to a bystander, “Well, I made that one, didn’t I?”
“Sure did,” the bystander said. “But you should have waited a minute or two. The ferry is just about to dock.”
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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