One month down, eleven to go and 2017 will be history. Think you are gonna make it?
Take a deep breath and relax. Look back at the month that just ended. Was it as bad as you expected? Better? Worse?
Where I live, at least the weather was warmer than usual. Which may be good in terms of comfort and bad if you are concerned about global warming. We won’t talk about the politics.
In the country to the south of us, the circus has opened to mixed reviews, but it looks like it is going to be a long run. Somehow though I think the crowds will dwindle over time for that sort of entertainment.
I must admit to a certain amount of surprise though. Maybe it is because I am Canadian and have experience with broken election promises. I never expected President Trump to follow through on so many of his platform planks so quickly. I think many, if not most Americans wish his promises had been more lies.
For many people 2016 was a difficult and disturbing year. They were glad to see the end of it. I suspect that those people, if they had the chance, would rather turn back the clock to 2016, because 2017 has been worse than anticipated. Life doesn’t work that way. It is time to move forward. There are progressive actions that can be taken, but it is difficult to do that when you are always looking behind you.
If January was bad for you, why not start fresh today. Make February 1 the beginning of your new year. Resolve to be positive and life-affirming in everything you do.
And, if you need a motto for your daily life in what is looking like a difficult year, I have one for you. I first encountered it in high school when I was studying Latin. It is one of the few phrases I remember, which is kind of ironic because it really isn’t Latin, just sounds like it.
You can use it as a mantra, place it as a sticky note on your fridge or computer or make it your cover photo on Facebook. I suggest not having it tattooed anywhere on your body, that seems a little extreme.
I’m not going to translate for you. You are more likely to remember it if you have to look it up. It’s probably something you will think a lot this year. No need to thank me for bringing the phrase to your attention.