Wishing You a Great 2018

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal 3 Comments

Happy New Year, everybody! Can you believe we are heading into 2018? I remember what seems not long ago we were worrying about the change from 1999 to 2000 and how it was going to disrupt our world. But the night changed to day on that New Year’s and we kept living our lives. Our computer system didn’t blow up. We just changed the date on our personal computers and kept sending messages or typing stories.

I’ve witnessed that midnight hour changing an old year into a new year many times. A lot of those times I was at Gospel concerts listening to my husband sing Southern Gospel music. This year his group isn’t singing so we’re hanging out at home. Just watched Kentucky play basketball. It’s so cold here that it’s kind of nice to stay in and stay warm. Warm houses are good things to be thankful for when the temperature plunges. The old farmhouse where I grew up would not be warm in this weather, no matter how much we stoked the fire. I do have to admit it made for family togetherness around the wood stove!

So as you wait for 2018 to come on in, are you making any New Year’s resolutions?

I’ve made many resolutions over the years – some that are popular with many of us. Eat less sweets. Exercise more. Say only kind things. Save money. Read more. Write more. All sorts of self-improvement promises. I doubt I kept any of them as long as I intended to. Certainly not the entire year. Or even a week. Especially that eating less sweets one. I do have a sweet tooth. Now that exercise more might get kept if I make it this year since I have the energetic Frankie dog. He practically huffs in disgust when he gives up on enticing me away from the computer and finally goes to lie down.

The great thing about making promises to improve ourselves is that each day that dawns gives us a new chance to be the person we want to be and do the things we want or need to do. But if I could make only one New Year’s resolution it would be to look for the blessings in each day of the coming year. Oh wait, I want to add another one. Share more smiles. So here are a few that might start us off on the right foot with a smile or two.

~Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average… which means, you have met your New Year’s resolution. (Jay Leno)

~A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

~May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions! (Joey Adams)

~A dog’s New Year’s Resolution: I will not chase that stick unless I actually see it leave his hand!

Thanks for reading. I do wish you many smiles and a great 2018!

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