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Don't reset for the new year, reassess


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By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

I saw this program on television the other day that said each year when the clock moves to the next annual period you should "rest" your life. It should be a new beginning, a new start, and a new adventure.

Okay, when I heard that the cynic in me came out. I would do what they suggested, but there is a problem, actually many of them.

The first part of my life came before Dec. 31, and the rest of what is to come, is affected by that other part. So it can't be reset.

When I reset something it usually begins anew. If I reset the DVD player at my house, the time goes back to 12:00 and then the clock starts flashing until I set it correctly. Same with the microwave.

I can't quite do that with my life. Well I could to a certain point if everyone else in the world, and the universe as a whole, would cooperate in doing so.

On Jan. 1, 2014 I will still be old (and ugly, getting more so each day). I will still owe all my creditors money. I will still need to clean up the junk on the back acre of my property. I will still need to get the oil changed in my truck.

The problems I have today will just not go away because of a change in the calendar. I will still have a bum knee, one shoulder that is shorter than the other (broken collar bone many years ago) and kidneys that like to grow stones in them. If anything, I will just have more things going wrong with me health wise as I approach the point of being "elderly."

I will still own old vehicles, old dogs, and an old house that still needs lots of remodeling (much of which is partially done, another problem).

And while now I am at the age at which I could retire (with social security) I don't have enough money saved to do so.

My wife will still have a problem too. Me. So it would be difficult for her to reset her life as well.

There is no magic button to solve all these things or to "reset" them. But in a way I take solace in my very own problems. Mine are my own, and no one elses. However I constantly find other people who try to give me theirs as well.

The New Year is not a place to reset as far as I am concerned. It is a time to reassess. Look at your life and see what you can do better, or at least not any worse. And don't bite off more than you can chew; make your resolutions realistic.

I have always liked New Years Day. Most are bright and sunny, and seem to be the start of something new. And what's not to like; I usually get the day off.

My New Years Day will not be filled with wrangling over resolutions or "resets." I can do that on July 1 or Nov. 1 or any other time if I want to do it at all.

Nope. I will be watching football with my Border Collie at my feet, a piece of pizza in one hand and a beverage (perhaps an adult one) in my other hand.

Reassessment can wait for another day.

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