Things to Leave Behind with 2016

I’m back at Rocky for a few brief moments this afternoon. This spot is where I have come to clear my mind, write and think. Many, many times over the last 11 months.

Today is December 26, and the merryment, laughter, friendship and food of the past 24 hours are fresh in my mind.

I scrapped one small part of my weekend plans because of the weather. The winds have been CRAZY. Last night Estes Park and the high country were supposed to have gusts as high as 75 miles per hour. During the daytime, the winds have only been maybe 30-40 mph.

So I didn’t go snowshoeing. (Incidentally, some folks who tried to snowshoe, turned around after a very short distance.)

But this change of plans made me reflect upon some changes that need to happen as I move into 2017.

1) Stop whimping out. The best things in life are often achieved after hard work. So, are my excuses legitimate? 75 mph might be a bit much, but what about other excuses? I need to just go for things. Period.

2) Do not let fear hold me back. A woman at my office says “I can’t do this,” so often out of fear. I won’t share her story much, but suffice it to say that she CAN do the things in front of her.  But she is middle-aged and still crippled with fear when something new is put in front of her. Fear of failure, or fear of trying something new alone (at work), or whatever, I just watch fear hold her back and bring tears to her eyes nearly every day. She is very sweet, and I feel sorry for her. I cannot let fear hold on to me like that. 

3) Make the most of my resources. This is simple. Am I using what I have in the best way, for the greatest good? This is mostly about my finances and talents.

4) Take your ideas and make something out of them. Every now and then, my creative side comes up with something brilliant, even if I do say so myself. But how many ideas go slipping right away without ever materializing? My creative side needs to be heeded a little more often.


So, as I sit here in the park today, watching the wind whip through the dried grasses and trees, I am hoping to let these  winds blow through my lifestyle and rejuvenate me with better habits for the future.


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