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Thursday Jan. 1, 2015
Is news the plural of new?
Best hopes for year ahead – are just that, hopes.
I like hopes.
Hope to keep mine up high, all the time.
opes are often interfered with by reality – inconvenient facts, forces beyond our control, people beyond our control leaving us reliant on one highly unreliable tool:
I thought googling would produce a simple answer.
Simple it is not.
Self-control, something we all have, except when we don’t.
At the root of every failed new year’s resolution, at the root of every success story of self-made men and women, at the root of every over-achiever in every walk of life.
So many folk-heroic genius types lacked self-control.
Greatest painters, business icons, writers, lovers of life were passionately out of control, they lacked self-control and never made new years resolutions.
Resolutions are folly.
Resolutions are hopes, dreams – as if we can make them come true via self-control.
Change, is about mind-set, not about harnessing demons or painting grandeur.
Most change we see is in others – circumstances of the world imposed on us by others.
We can choose to react or manage response to events differently, but we can’t change or control those events.
Closer to home – people we can’t control.
Again, we can change how we react, but we can’t change them.
When that person we seek to change, that behavior we choose to alter, is ourselves – the same things are true, aren’t they?
If we can’t control/change others, how can we control/change ourselves?
Maybe we don’t need resolutions, as much as we need new. New, something that hasn’t existed before.
column written/ published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: -2C/29F, overcast, light mild breeze – empty streets, Gusta sniffing something interesting .. possibly rabbit, but I was on the lookout for deer, but we found neither ...
Great metaphor; all the best in 2015!, KK, Calgary, AB
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