happy new year

It is hard for me to imagine, but 2019, which seems like it just started, has come to an end. 

The practice of staying up late to greet the New Year has always seemed like a strange practice to me. However, as a teen, any excuse to delay my normal bedtime schedule was a good one, so I willing joined in on the festivities, even though I was a bit perplexed by the whole idea of staying up late to do a 60-second countdown.

As I grew older, I became less of a conformist and more pragmatic. 

Ringing in the New Year is also a time when New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made. I’ve never figured that out either. If you want to change something in your life, just do it—don’t wait for the year on the calendar to increment. 

In fact, by delaying needed changes, the result is merely allowing that particular bad habit or situation to become more ingrained, thereby making it harder to change.

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So, I guess I am a bit of a curmudgeon regarding late-night celebrations and timing the pursuit of needed change. Even so, don’t let my killjoy attitude detract from the party you attended last night or the resolutions you made.

I say with all sincerity, “Happy New Year!”

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  • Tim Bishop (@TimBishop4) Posted January 9, 2020 9:20 am

    Happy New Year, Peter! May 2020 deliver special moments to you.

    • Peter DeHaan Posted January 9, 2020 9:32 am

      You, too, Tim.

      Are you working on any new books?

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