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Monday, December 28, 2015

Are You Normal?


"Times and conditions change so rapidly that
we must keep our aim constantly
focused on the future."
                                  –Walt Disney

Now that Christmas is behind us, the next big “holiday” will be New Year’s Eve. And then the unknown year of 2016, the future. For many this time of year, thoughts of New Year’s resolutions pop into our head. Do you make New Year’s resolutions involving your future? If so, do you usually keep them and succeed with whatever the resolution mentioned?

More than likely New Year’s resolutions are made concerning changes. Maybe do more of this, or do less of that. Break this habit or start this new habit. Bernice Kanner, an author, spent two years asking Americans how they do it—how they floss their teeth, how often they’ve fallen in love, how often they weigh themselves, and how they feel about their mother-in-law.

Ms. Kanner published her findings in a book titled Are You Normal? Here are some things she found:

“More than half of us would drop some poundage.

About 5 percent—the truly obsessed—step on that scale more than once a day. Another 32 percent want to alter their bodies, their age or their intelligence, and a fifth of us would love to change our height or our hair. More than half would rather get run over by a truck than gain 150 pounds.”

Resolutions are admirable, if they’re realistic. You’ve probably heard the old question, “How do you eat an elephant?" And the answer is, “One bite at a time.” The question, “How do we tackle the unknown future?” would have a similar answer: “One day at a time.” Sure, we can and should plan for the future. But we can only live the future one day at a time.

How about you? Would you like to make changes for yourself? Are you busy writing down those New Year’s resolutions? Regardless of whether you make resolutions, I hope 2016 is a great and prosperous year for all.





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