If I Do Say So, Myself

I’d like to take a moment here to pat myself on the back, if y’all don’t mind.

I have been writing this blog since April, 2016. And once in awhile, I find myself going back and reading some of the stuff I’ve written, especially the older stuff.

And, at the risk of sounding somewhat arrogant, I think most of it’s pretty darn good.

I said in my very first post that it was my hope you would find my blog entertaining, informative, aggravating, depressing, anything but boring. Five years later, it still is.

I’ve shared with you many parts of myself, even the unpleasant ones. I’ve shared how I feel about certain topics and certain people. I’ve tried to offer help or encouragement to folks who, like me, have dealt or are dealing with depression, because I know where that can take you.

And through it all, I’ve been as sincere and open as I know how to be.

Now, I know I’ve posted my share of duds; probably more than my share. Nobody’s perfect, and I’m certainly not even close. Sometimes I should just keep my trap shut, and I’m sure there are some out there who would wholeheartedly agree.

But overall, I’m rather proud of my output. And if that makes me a full-of-myself braggart, well, I’ll own it.

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to look in on this blog from time to time, some of you even more than once. (!) I still find it so amazing to have readers from all over the world. I genuinely appreciate all of you, and I hope you will visit again.

I wish all of you a very happy, healthy and safe new year, full of love and joy. May your highest hopes and fondest dreams come true. Be good to one another.

See you next year. Much love, y’all.

Larry

P.S. – Celebrate responsibly, please.

Hit Reset

 

Okay, truth time: how many of you have already gone off the diet you started on the 1st?

I’m sorry. That was cruel, wasn’t it? Forget I asked.

Anyway, here we are. A brand new year is upon us. Is it just me, or did the last year go by in a blink? Jeez, before you know it, it’ll be Christmas time again.

I’m sorry, I did it again, didn’t I? Just SHUT UP, WILL YA??

 

Okay, no more clowning. Seriously, welcome to a brand new year. I hope it has started well for you.

Many of us use January 1st as a marker, a place to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. It’s life’s Reset button. Whatever happened last year is last year’s news; it’s in the rearview mirror, getting ever smaller until disappearing over the horizon line. We savor the good memories, and shed the bad ones.

Easier said than done, I know. Believe me, I know.

But now, our eyes are on the future, who stands before us with both hands full; in one hand, exciting opportunity and possibility, and in the other hand, unsettling fear and dread.

Most of us will take a little from each hand, because we need a healthy balance of fear and optimism, right? Too much dread is just too depressing, but too much optimism seems a bit unrealistic, doesn’t it?

The more depressed among us – like yours truly – will probably take more from the fear and dread hand, because that’s our comfort zone, it’s our default mode. We’d rather not be that way, but unfortunately, it’s not as simple as making different choices. If only…

However, I will work harder this year at picking from the other hand; I need to. Because there have been days in the last year when I had no optimism whatsoever about the future. (I don’t think I should have to explain why.) I thought we were absolutely doomed. Everything looked bleak and hopeless.

And yet, somehow, we’re still here.

There is still much to fear as this new year commences. Some of it is fear of the unknown, some of it of the all too well-known.

But this is a good time for me to clear my head and focus on what I need for this to be a better year. Do I need to be healthier? More loving? More open and honest? More trusting? More attentive to others? More appreciative of life, of nature, of people?

Less fearful?

Probably all that, and a lot more.

It’s a good time for a new beginning. I look forward to it.

Mostly.

Gracias Beaucoup

 

Aaaaaand, it’s over. Just like that.

So much buildup, so much shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, and now, we’re done. Happens every year.

But, I hope yesterday was lots of fun for you. It was for me.

Now, it’s time to go return all those gifts you said were “just what you’ve always wanted!” It’s also time for another post-Christmas tradition that, I believe, is rapidly dying out:

Writing, and sending, thank-you notes.

That’s right, kids, back in ye olden days, we wrote thank-you notes to everyone who gave us a present for Christmas, including Santa.

I don’t know, do kids do that anymore? Writing, I mean? On paper? With a pen?

Who knows? Anyway…

Here’s my chance to send a thank-you note to you. All of you wonderful people who gave me the gift of your attention this year, even if it was just to look in on one post. Just the fact that you took the time to visit this blog means a lot to me, so thank you for checking in to see what I wrote. I hope you enjoyed your visit, and you’re welcome to come back anytime, as often as you want. I will try to keep making it worth it for you.

We have, to understate, a very interesting year ahead, and we all need to gear up for it. The incoming administration is going to require our constant vigilance, and participation in the process of governing this nation.

If you can’t come up with any New Year’s resolution, I think that would be as good as any.

Again, thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it. Y’all come back now, you hear?