Hammertime: Go easy on yourself with New Year’s resolutions

It’s great to make New Year’s resolutions but go easy on the plans, in this week’s Hammertime

Mike Rainone


Well here we go again, just like countless years gone by we have rung in a brand new year and have hopefully recovered from the gala celebration with family and friends.

During the party or just before the clock struck midnight and we bid farewell to 2018 on Dec. 31st, we will likely made a few bold resolutions and promises that we will strive to keep as long into 2019 as we can. But then again, we should never be too stressed or disappointed if we give it our best efforts and some of our lofty plans and challenges don’t always turn out to be perfect.

I love to hear and cheer for the inspiring aspirations and goals of young and old alike as they head into our exciting future. As I always do at this time of the year I have put together a few of my wishes, resolutions, hopes, and promises for the New Year, and I will look forward to hearing yours, and may even have the opportunity along the way to help others achieve their dreams. As I roll along into my 76th year I will look forward to new adventures and fun with family and friends, maybe at a little slower pace, but like so many of you, we must never regret growing old, because unfortunately we have all known far too many people who have never had that privilege.

Perennial top 10 resolutions in most households

Stop smoking and quit drinking: I tried that quite a few times, but finally succeeded over 15 years ago with a lot of help from others, and my aging lungs and temperamental stomach has thanked me ever since.

Battle of the bulge: We have all gone through this over the course of our lives, and probably received a great deal of advice of how to lose it quickly and be instantly fit. All sorts of fitness centres and trainers are available to keep us slim and trim, as well as professional dieticians who will strive to find a program just for us, and at our speed. On our own free and easy schedule some casual regular exercise and fresh air is always a great personal medicine.

• Take health seriously: No matter what our age, regular check-ups, good eating habits, enough sleep, and an exciting combination of work and play is a pretty good formula.

• Enjoy life more: Success, career, and wealth are important to everyone, but stress and overwork can be dangerous, which leads to other vital resolutions. Spend more time with family, friends, and leisure activities, get lots of rest and help other people. All of this will bring you appreciation and the satisfaction and good feeling you will get from being a volunteer, a mentor, a good buddy, great parents and grandparents, and a caring visitor or caller to those who need a lift.

• Organize ourselves: We all need to try and sit down quietly on the weekend and plan the next week and even month with the calendar, but at my age I would never survive without ‘fridge notes’ and a very patient wife.

• Getting out of debt: In this day and age of credit cards and lines of credit I wonder if that is even possible, unless we win the lottery, of which the odds are against us. There are many sharp professionals out there who will help us to live comfortably within our means and get out of the red if we only admit we might have a problem. At the age of 76 I still get an allowance.

To town and county councils: It has certainly been two tough and busy years of your new term around the council table, but hang in there, and striving to keep our town and county growing and progressing at a steady and sensible pace in a direction that will be fair to everyone. Never mind the critics and complainers, they will always be there, and it will be unlikely that we will ever see their names on an election ballot.

To our provincial and federal governments: Quit making promises and throwing money to try and do a quick fix on all these ongoing problems that you have created. Get off your personal ‘political pedestals’, now, then put your heads together, and come up with a game plan that will get this great nation of ours out of the doldrums and into the future, where an election is certainly looming.

My hockey hopes: Can I finally be allowed to believe that my Leafs just might make the playoffs and even get a shot at the old Stanley Cup again? We should all be cheering loud this week for our Team Canada to win another World Junior Hockey gold?

Heads Up: To distracted and impaired drivers, who had better for the sake of our precious citizens of all ages, keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel. Thank goodness that It was just announced a few days ago that fines for these and other driving offences and for failing to take a breathalyzer test have been greatly increased to fit the crime.

Hollywood: Please make us some more movies that we can still laugh at and take our kids to, keep Lady Gaga crooning with the old guys, and now there are lots of great concerts that allow the younger generation to stay in the fast lane, while thank goodness that us seniors can catch the shows and entertainers that bring Elvis, The Bee-Gees, Roy, the Mamas and Papas, the Everleys , and all of our other real old favourites back to life.

To the staff at the Ponoka News: Another great year of getting the good news out to thousands of avid readers each Wednesday, and thanks for letting this old scribe continue to be the ‘historical’ guy on your team, with lots of super help from the community.

Please keep your outdoor feeders full to keep our magnificent winter birds fed and happy over the long winter.

To my family: Thanks for always being there for us, for making us feel so proud of your efforts and accomplishments, and for allowing us to pamper our seven grandchildren.

To all of you: Best wishes to your family from mine for a happy and prosperous New Year 2019, always strive to make the rest of your life the best of your life, and have a great week, all of you.

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