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Rantings and Ravings


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By TERRY WILLIS
Sun Advocate reporter

If most of you are like me then it is going to take a little time to get in the habit of writing 2009 instead of 2008. I have made no New Years resolutions this year.

I thought about making a commitment to live each day like it was my last, but when I really thought about it, that just wouldn't work. If I knew it was my last day I would not make my bed, do the laundry or any other of those day to day things that need to be done.

I wouldn't even jump out of a plane despite that being on my wish list of things to try. I would try and finish whatever painting I was working on because I love to paint. But mostly I would find ways to spend as much time with those I love.

That would probably entail playing about fifty games of Candy land, shooting a dozen rounds of HORSE, watching Hanna Montana with the grandkids, spending time on the phone to the rest of my family and snuggling with my husband. Nothing at all exciting, but a very good day.

Living that way would ensure my house was a mess and I wouldn't get much else done either. So instead I will continue living each day as I always do. Some days are fabulously productive and adventurous and others highly mundane.

I guess I have resolved to live each day as it were this one. It is easy to live in the future or the past. As a kid it seemed like the future was way more exciting than the present. Then the anticipated day came and it was not nearly as fun as the wait had been.

Now I have too few days left to waste waiting for something better to come around. The way I figure it I have about 50 years times 365 days. Not nearly enough to squander. But once in a while I still will forget to focus on today. I will probably not see the Cubs win the world series and even if I do, it will not change the course of my life.

I will also never know all the answers to the many mysteries of life. I find new ones every day. Like yesterday, as I struggled to flip my king sized mattress as instructed by the manufacturer, I wondered why there was not a single place to hold on to to make it easier. As it crashed down on my head and smashed me flat on the floor when I lost hold of it, I thought how wonderful that my mattress was having a long life and I might not.

Then there is that puzzle that if you need a new pair of scissors because you don't have any, then you will need to borrow some to get your new ones out of the package that they are encased in before you can use them.

So as I start this new year I look forward to each day of excitement and each day of doing the mundane and simple tasks of living. It is a privilege to be able to do that with out too much worry in my life.

I hope this year brings more good days than bad to each of you.

And if you did make a resolution, I hope you haven't broken it yet. After all, the year is only six days old.

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