It is 2018 people celebrate resolutions and how challenged they are to just remember what they are prepared to resolve. You know exactly what I am saying. It was a great party on December 31 your inhibitions are diminished and bam. You will say almost anything to get your way in that one moment of passion during Auld Ang Syne. Thankfully there is mistletoe hanging around to influence the moment when the clock strikes midnight and fireworks light the sky.
I tip my hat to Scotland for providing the tune and lyrics to Auld Ang Syne, but do you know what the title of this song means? There are many interpretations, to me it simply means “honoring time gone by”. During my year-end review, I include both good and bad times because I want to cherish the good and learn from the short falls. In 2019 there were great challenges that helped improve me and many more challenges that swirled in my world that I had no control of.
It did not seem to matter if the influences were rooted in politics, social media, lifestyle, negative energy or sporting events there seem to be not enough positivity to overwhelm the negative. As we came into 2019 Astros’ fans may disagree about negatives because they were feeling grounded in the World Series Champions warm and fuzzy feelings. I would like to have the resolve of an Astro fan. They were challenged by natural disasters and a lack lustered history before becoming World Series Champions. Wouldn’t it be great if we could bottle that resolve and positivity? If we could, I would spray it on anyone who moaned, groaned, frownd or implied negativity. So, our nations’ capital would get soaked with such a spray.
In Colorado, we have so much positive scenery. It would take a powerful influence to diminish our resolve and positivity, especially during the holidays given the postcard scenes surrounding Coloradoans . Just look West if you need a dose of humility and happiness. Perhaps a drive down I70 and you can discover neighborhoods lit up at dusk framed with fresh powder. I am grateful to be living in Colorado. There are so many images and positive realities in any community that we don’t have to drive too far to feel the power of positivity. Images are only one place to find positivity in your community, but it is essential that you walk through your neighborhood and discover where is the optimism.
Positivity and optimism is often found with the people we include in our holiday adventures. It could be in the mountains at the bottom of a great run through mounds of powder or at a community event supporting those less fortunate. It is my hope that positivity and joy are not restricted to just holidays. Perhaps our Rocky Mountain mindset will represent a holiday attitude everyday. A mindset that does need a reindeer or bearded gent in a red suit to bring a smile. People become the multiplier to any setting.
Joining any setting brings your energy to influence the environment so why not bring a positive force. Know how much positivity you bring because it is always enhanced by others who participate. So, join in looking for others to multiple your influence into positive frenzy. Maybe you will be surprised by who you meet. Positive energy is infectious, no matter how much you bring and it does not require being dressed up or decorated, it just is. Share your participation by removing the negative leaving behind a spirit of positivity.
As you look at your home decorations calculating the first step to taking down the strains of lights pause. Pause long enough to reflect on how your participation helped others create a smile and discover their positive energy.
In our community there are examples of decoration and pageantry that we have come to rely on year after year. For those who are challenged to put up decorations recognize how cities and towns honor everyone. Show your support by visiting the town hall or community center and share your appreciation and support for their resolve year in and year out. It is my belief that your community could have influence beyond the boundaries of your neighborhood. Even when all the decorations are stripped from homes and the weather does not support framing of a holiday season.
Every year we have a new year and every year we pack up the decorations. It is my hope that when the decorations come down the spirit of positivity and optimism is not diminished. I believe the energy is always there just latent and not revealed as often as it should be.
As the seasons change and we move further away from the beginning of a new year consider how nature provides renewal and optimistic reminders that hope is always around us. Like a colorful rainbow that evolves into two reminding the fans that they are witnessing a game of skill but mother nature is the purest form of energy and quality without ever needing to pack up her decorations.
Happy and prosperous new year to everyone especially to those who passionately commit to keeping our community and country free and safe. Share a hug or at least a hearty thank you for the service they provide.
As you end each celebration carry your positive energy and awareness forward to each moment in the future. Your actions today influence how we may celebrate the future. Commit to removing negatives you discover so that your mindset is supported with positive intent.