I know you’re hungover but this one is as timely as all get-up… So tough noogies.
Yes, I’m a polite little devil, aren’t I?
#96: The New Year.
New Year’s Eve isn’t just an excuse to party and drink until you wake up the next morning on the front lawn without any pants on, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the previous year’s highs and lows and more importantly, to remember that a new year means a new start.
This is the perfect time to breathe in that new air, gaze upon that new sun, stare up at that new sky and realize that none of them have actually changed… But you can if you have the courage to do so.
I know it won’t be easy. I know change doesn’t come easy to us humans; we’re creatures of habit who find it far easier to destroy rather than create, or re-create, as the case may be. But as Dr. Phil is fond of saying, “Perception is reality”. He means it in a negative way but it can mean just the opposite. You can’t control every aspect of your life (so don’t go pulling a Superman and leap from a tall building) but you can control how you react to life’s challenges.
You can start small and ease into the new you as you would with a new car (sliding your buttocks across that fine Corinthian leather is one of life’s greatest pleasures) or a new lover. I’m not suggesting you do anything cray-cray like cut out coffee, no sirree. The first hotel I worked at employed a reservation agent named Carol who decided her New Year’s resolution would be to cut out coffee.
Carol lasted three hours. Then she told a pushy grandma from Salt Lake City she was going to strap her six incontinent poodles (who said grandma insisted should be allowed to stay in the room with her) to “her boney ass and toss them all over the Falls.” Amazingly enough, she got away with that one.
Then she stabbed a maintenance guy with a nail file.
We practically poured the java down Carol’s throat. Admittedly, Carol was always right on the edge anyway – but coffee made her less murderous.
So don’t be Carol, be you, but a you that embraces change with cautious optimism. Make the most of this new year and it’s infinite possibilities. I wish you luck as you choose the mystery of tomorrow over the despair of today.
See you in the lobby, kids…