Tis the Season

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Does anyone else sense that something is different about this holiday season? We all know that Christmas and the winter holiday has become very over commercialized. For some time now, it has seemed that stores have pushed the season up. This year seems different to me.
It seems as though the season is early, but it’s the people and not the commercial establishments that are off to an early start. I notice on social media that lots of folks put up a Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. Now, there are no rules about when to put up your tree, but it does seem a bit early. Driving home from my daughter’s house on Thanksgiving evening, I noticed several houses that had their tree shining and decorated, on display in the window for the world to see. Quite a few houses had holiday lights trimming the house.
What’s this all about? I have a theory that we are craving the joy that comes associated with the holidays. We are all out there looking to “make spirits bright.” I’m hopeful when I see this if I’m even close in my analysis. It seems like we’ve all been at each other’s throats this year, and anything that serves as a distraction from that can’t be all bad.
As an optimist, I look for the good in things. I am usually excited about the holidays and the end of the year. I am a firm believer in our ability to change course and reinvent ourselves if we’re unhappy with our current situation. I love the end of the year. The new beginning. Starting over and pledging yourself to new resolutions.
Some people are more cynical about the holiday season. I know that there are lots of people that are lonely and unhappy at Christmas time. Emotions run high, and patience seems to be in short supply. We’ve all had someone cut us off and give us the finger during the holiday season. It seems to be more unsettling when you’re in a holiday mood.
Is anyone else experiencing this sensation of people pushing the holiday? Are you striving for that warm feeling yourself? What’s different about this year?
2017 is my first year in a long time without having to be in a retail environment at Christmas time. I enjoyed sleeping late the day after Thanksgiving. Not having to be somewhere at 5:00 am is something to be thankful for, to be sure.
I know I’ll be making more posts about the end of 2017 as the month continues. But, you know, I thought I’d just get started early. I wish you and your friends and family a beautiful holiday season and end of the year.

– Cat

In the Year 2000

 

When I was a kid in elementary school, most people had a TV in their home, but not everybody did.  I guess that’s why they trotted us down to the school auditorium every so often to watch Walter Cronkite.  He narrated a show called “The 21st Century”.  The show was, at first, called “The 20th Century” and took a look at history.  It changed in 1967 to “The 21st Century”, a show about the future.  I found and attached this YouTube clip so you can check it out.

It’s a funny video to watch, and it’s interesting to see what they got right and what they missed the mark on.  It seems to me that some of the things we see today are way ahead of where they thought we would be.

Somethings though… Where is this 30 hour work week that was coming along with  the increased technological advances?  The thing I’m most disappointed with…  No flying cars.  There wouldn’t be any traffic jams in the year 2000.  We would all be driving flying cars to relieve the road system.

Now I’m asking you to think of a time you were in a traffic jam.  We have them every day here in the Washington, DC, area.  Realistically, I don’t think we’d be better off if everyone was flying, instead of driving, in most scenarios.  Anyway, I feel like I Walter lied to me.

The future is hard to predict.  I remember selling computers in the nineties.  Most people were buying their first home computers. The knowledge and familiarity were just not there.  People would come in and say “My kid needs a computer for school”.  It’s the same as people who come into a cell phone store now and say “My grandkid says I need an iPhone.”

I can’t be too hard on Walter.  3D printers are $3500 now.  I guess it won’t be long before they’re affordable and we all have one.  If you try to think fifty years into the future, I’ll bet you don’t know the half of it.  It would be interesting to write down your predictions and revisit them in fifty years.  I don’t have that kind of time, but maybe you do.

It’s hard to believe that we’re getting ready to ring in 2017!  When I was a kid, 2000 was way in front of us.  Now, the Year 2000 is long gone.

Happy New Year!  Have a great 2017! I hope we get flying cars soon.

– Cat

Review, Reflect, Reinvent, Resolve

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I’ve seen so many posts on social media in the past few weeks.  It seems like so many people are just over 2016.  Lots of folks are saying that 2017 has to be better than 2016.  Is one year better than the rest, or is every year what you make of it?

The title of this post lists the four things I like to do over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  For some people it’s a time to party hard.  I prefer to use the time for marking progress and moving on.  Of course, I like to celebrate as much as the next person! As the new year begins, though, I like to start with a sense of purpose.

Review

When you’re reviewing 2016, be mindful of the ups and don’t focus on the downs.  There will be plenty of tough spots in every year.  Rent them… don’t make a long-term investment in them.

Reflect

Spend some time reflecting on your accomplishments and your opportunities during the past year.   Bask in the sunlight of your achievements.  You really did a great job in a lot of areas last year!  Maybe everything didn’t go as planned. But let’s face it, some things went extremely well.  What would you like to change?

Reinvent

If anything were possible, what would you work towards in the coming year?  What’s keeping you from getting where you want to be? Use this precise moment when the year changes to reinvent yourself. You’re in charge of creating the life you want!

Resolve

Set your mind where you want to go, and fix your sights on it.  Then turn your feet in that direction and start moving.  Don’t allow yourself to be distracted.  This is not a dress rehearsal… this is your one shot! It’s go time!  2017

If you think that this sounds like a pep talk, it is!  It’s my new and improved 2017 pep talk to myself.  I’m sharing it with you, because I suspect you need a pep talk too!  If you don’t… tell me how you figured it out!  If you do, you can borrow mine, or create your own.  But whatever we do,  we won’t let life “happen” to us in 2017!

– Cat