New Year's Resolutions 2010

2010 Yellow Warning Sign - IsolatedIt is the end of the year and the beginning of a new one. At this time of year there is a natural tendency that I have had to make New Year’s resolutions. I’m sure that I am not that unusual and it is probably a trait that goes back through my family history. Was it a half-empty glass scenario?

So this morning, I was taking a nice long New Year’s walk…around the deck of a Cruise Ship as we are leaving Antarctica (not a bad life!). I challenged myself, as I routinely do to try to decide on changes that need to be made in my life.

Clarity came to me after a couple of minutes: I think that the whole concept of New year’s resolutions means that last year was not up to snuff. Is there an assumption that each year must be better than the next? Last year was a great year; sure, my weight went up and down, the Real Estate market went up and down, my commitment to exercise went up and down and my bank account went up and down…but then there were lots of great moments with friends and family with some new arrivals…

Remember the movie where Jack Nicholson  walked out of the Psychiatrist’s Office, looked around the waiting room at the other patients, had an “uh-huh” moment and said out loud “what if this is as good as it gets “ (also the name of the movie). The other patients looked at him in horror…

What if this is as good as it gets? What if my five-year plan has me doing exactly what I’m doing today? Is that a bad thing? 

This year, my New year’s resolution is “more of the same please”!

4 Responses

  1. REESE BATE

    Richard you have a fantastic life with your dog Beau
    and Benoit…And your real estate and a lot of great
    friends and relatives.. Wow travelling to Antartic and
    Chile.. And than going to another REAL ESTATE convention …Busy life but you are very happy..Thanks
    for this website and hope to see some great pix of you in the Antartic and and Chile

  2. linda desjardins

    So, New Year’s Resolution(s)

    a) Count your blessings, no matter how tiny, regularly.

    b) Look at your various families (friends and colleagues too) and be thankful that you attract your own kind.

    c) this whole weight, beauty, ageing ‘stuff’, really, what does it matter in the scheme of thangs?

    d) Have even more fun!

    Hugs – Linda

  3. Jerry England

    Thought you had been and gone already! Looking forward to some great pix. Enjoy the Chilean vino!

  4. Bev Breslow

    Hey Richard!

    Who has a better life than you? I’m always wondering how you find the time to do everything you do, and still have time to travel….Antarctic?!?!? You really have to send those pics! I love penguins (or “pwengins”, as my granddaughter would say)!

    Miss working with you…maybe some day down the road. All the best in the New Year. And as far as resolutions are concerned, I gave up on those years ago!

    XOXOXO

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