by Nicole Wycislo, Managing Editor, Dateline Houston
Yadda, Yadda, Yadda. Last year was a major downer. New year, same ol' broken resolutions, same ol' mess . . . whatever! Are these your thoughts? Well, I thought and spoke them . . . whining, looking for a little cheese and crackers on the side. Who wouldn't have a negative outlook after reflecting only on the lowlights of the past year? Well, after I got sick of hearing myself (and after my husband telling me to look on the sunny side), I was able to enter the 2005-way-back machine and actually see the year for what it was instead my depressing thoughts about it.
Guess what? What I discovered in the way-back machine is that I grew. Growth is transformation. Like the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes, a new me emerged from the old me. It happens every year to everyone, regardless of what else happens. I expanded my capacities for change, uncertainty, breakdowns, and adventure. I also learned to have fun along the way, to chuckle at the absurdity of life, and most of all, to laugh at myself . . . to lighten up a bit. Growing is the single thing I can count on doing every year without fail. Knowing that I can't fail is a great way to kick off the New Year and the perfect way to start each day. Have successful year, as it's yours for the claiming.