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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

New Year's Magic by Bea Tifton

Ah, the New Year. All that talk of new beginnings, a blank book, etc. A friend of mine posted something on Facebook along the lines of, “Well, it’s almost the new year. Time for all those ‘Everything’s going to be different and perfect posts.’” I was struck by her cynicism. 
 Don’t get me wrong. I realize that people don’t completely reinvent themselves just because the ball drops on Times Square. The world doesn’t become a Disney movie with helpful animals dropping by to clean my house, (still waiting for that to happen), everything doesn’t magically become perfect.  I’m a grown up, so I know that.

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 But isn’t there something magical about new beginnings? They’re hard, sure. They can be messy, even painful. But the optimism. Isn’t that important? We haven’t’ lost our optimism. This year was a very difficult one for my family. There’s something comforting about a “This year will be better” outlook.  I think it drives us to better ourselves. To pick ourselves up and try again. To strive for better habits, a better life.

I’ve often heard people say, “If only I could go back. This time I wouldn’t make so many mistakes. I’d do things differently.” It’s a tempting thought. But the caveat is that we’d have to know we were going back, for without that knowledge, wouldn’t we just make the same mistakes? I’m pretty sure I would make just as many. They may be different ones, but still.

I prefer a different philosophy. Everything I’ve done. Every time I didn’t take that great advice that would have made such a positive difference, every time I impulsively made that illogical decision, and every time I made just the right decision made me who I am today. If I’d followed different paths, be they better or worse, I would be a different person. And after, um, (mumbles indistinctly) years on the planet, I like me. I’ve chosen to like me. And to be proud of the accomplishments I’ve made. And not to live in regrets or what ifs.
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The New Year. A blank book. What an amazing feeling. What a great thing.  The possibilities are endless. Make the most of it.


  1. Great philosophy, Bea. I don't usually make New Year's resolutions, but I did this year.

    1. I hope you accomplish them all, Caroline Clemmons.

  2. I agree 100% - Happy New Year! I hope we all do something great!

  3. What a wonderful post. I'm with you. I like to think I can "start over" just a little and leave the negatives behind. Happy New Year!

  4. Thank you. Happy New Year to you, too, Judy Ann Davis.

  5. Good post, Bea. Everything we experience and how we react to all of that forms us into the people we are today. Too many regret all the bad stuff. Learn to survive the bad stuff and learn from the bad stuff. That's what helps you recognize the good stuff when it comes along.


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