So today is January 1, 2018, and I feel like I should do a year-end review of 2017 and make plans for 2018. But somehow my heart isn’t in it. I guess I’ve spent too many years doing reviews and making and plans, and in the end I know that basically it doesn’t do a whole lot of good. New Year’s Resolutions are almost never kept, so why bother?

I recently heard that President Obama said something along the lines of he only tries to make sure each day is a little better than the day before. I like that. Just always be moving along in a positive direction. Don’t get too specific, because there’s no telling what any day might bring. But “resolve” (if you must have a “resolution”) to always be moving in a positive direction.

Now, as for review, I will say this much: last year Mom died, so that goes in “Minus” column, but as a result, I went and visited Dad five times during 2017, which goes in the “Plus” column. I don’t think I’ll make quite as many trips in 2018, but I’m glad I got to do what I did in 2017.

Last year I continued improving my health and losing weight, so that all goes in the “Plus” column, and obviously I hope to continue that trend, but I’m not going to obsess about it or set any specific goals about so many pounds lost in so much time. I just want to keep on improving my healthy habits every day (or, at least, almost every day), so that overall I’m moving in the right direction.

I have a few other ideas, but I don’t want to take the time to talk about them now, because today is going to be a busy day with guests and food and football, and I’m anxious to get started on all that!

Happy New Year!

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