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Adios 2016 ... 2017 here we come

Adios 2016 ... 2017 here we come

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I wish I could start this post with some influential words for you but unfortunately I'm not there yet and because its the first post, I'm still figuring out the scope of what I will publish on this blog. (which is why the picture really has no meaning... it was more of an exercise in learning how to upload images to ghost) So I ask that you bare with me in the early days...

So the topic today is New Year's:

I don’t believe a new year heals the wounds created by any of the previous years and I don't do resolutions ... I also hate the trends that come with the closing of a new year. In 2016, its all about how much people are over it, how bad it was, how unfair, famous deaths, racist elected to oval office and blah blah blah, blah.

For me, I see the New Year as a midpoint of Winter which slows down life and allows me to reflect on the Fall. No need to get a new membership for the gym, get on a special diet, read more, learn a new language and or start other things ... The one and only thing I get pleasure from is that I do enjoy the fact that in my journal, I can finally write down a new number (2017). And speaking of my Journal, in my monthly outline of life, here are the ongoing rules I wish to live by and because I'm starting this new blog, I would like to share them with you:

  1. It’s ok to say no!
  2. Stick to my habits: Soccer and Tech
  3. Always be in motion
  4. Answer emails quickly and in the morning
  5. Be kind to myself
  6. Know the intention behind my decisions
  7. Don’t stop believing in what matters, even when it’s hard.
  8. Continue to follow my dreams, even if some adjustments are needed.

(Note, every three months I'll post the same, add, remove and/or modify as needed)

Lastly here my values that I wish to live by:

  1. Respect.
  2. Make a difference.
  3. Integrity.
  4. Authenticity.
  5. Courage.
  6. Service.
  7. Humility.
  8. Wisdom.
  9. Cooperation.
  10. Hard work.
  11. Helping others.

Again these will change over time. As I always do ...

Lastly I leave you with advice from a more reputable source on the subject of New Year's (Mark Twain):

New Year's Day--Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever. We shall also reflect pleasantly upon how we did the same old thing last year about this time. However, go in, community. New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion. (Letter to Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, Jan. 1863)

Reference: Image courtesy of https://unsplash.com/search/tree?photo=wVTGdIGdojc (Cristina Gottardi)

Mark Twain quote: http://www.twainquotes.com/New_Year.html