Alcohol Rates . . .

Posted on December 29, 2009 8:06 pm under General
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high in New Year themed clip art. I was searching for some clip art for my website. I found Father Time, the New Year’s baby, fireworks, confetti and music. But the predominant theme was alcoholic beverages.

I guess that’s not very surprising. Just a reflection of what’s happening in real life. But it is scary. The New Year holiday ranks high in the statistics for highway accidents. Even higher when the holiday becomes part of a weekend. Fatalities increase when alcohol consumption is involved and it is involved in the majority of New Year’s accidents.

Don’t Drink and Drive is a fine motto, but for this holiday, it doesn’t go far enough. Don’t Drive makes far more sense. Inconvenient? Perhaps. But you can’t become a part of those statistics if you stay off the road.

How does your life rate? Enough to get those errands done before the holiday? Enough to try something different? Twenty years ago, I made a decision to see the new year in at home. I’ve enjoyed those celebrations. And it’s been a decision I’ve found easy to live with.

Grandma

Unresolved

Posted on December 28, 2009 3:12 pm under Diet, General
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I won’t be making any New Year’s resolutions this year. Truth be told, it’s been years since I have made one. No, I haven’t reached that elusive plane of perfection. Still plenty of room for improvement here. But it won’t be starting on New Year’s Day. Tempted to join me? Here’s 5 reasons not to make New Year’s resolutions.

1. It’s a bad time to tackle anything new.
We’re still celebrating the season. Why not enjoy it? Resolutions can really distract from the festivities. I had a friend who resolved to stop smoking. Fifteen minutes before the clock struck midnight, she left her guests to party on, went into her bedroom, smoked her last cigarette and cried. Happy New Year? To her credit, she did kick the habit. But did she have to miss her own party to do it?

2. It let’s you off the hook.
You decide to lose a few pounds and start a diet. You go out with some friends a few days later and kill any diet progress that’s been made. The resolution has been broken and you can’t take that back. Why not forget about it and try again next year.

3. It’s depressing.
Just coming up with resolutions can be depressing. When I was younger I couldn’t stop at just one. So I’d produce a staggering list of areas that needed improvement and resolve to fix them all. Overwhelmed by this tower of imperfection, I just gave up before I started.

4. There is no magic in the day.
Everyone likes an easy fix. A weight loss pill that requires no diet or exercise? Ooh, take my credit card now. A get rich scheme that will end my financial woes. Hang on, I haven’t put the card away yet. It’s easy to think that New Year’s has some magical power that will take the work out of our resolutions. Buying into that can be the first step towards failure.

5. Remember Mr. Rogers
When my daughter was young, she watched Mr. Rogers everyday. Her favorite part? When he told the watching children “I love you just the way you are.” We find it easier to accept the imperfections of family and friends than to tolerate our own. So why not resolve to give yourself the gift of acceptance this year. That’s the kind of resolution you can live with.

Grandma