Shoveling In The New Year

Happy New Year, New Year's day, humor, Modern PhilosopherHappy New Year, Modern Philosophers!

Regular readers of this blog know that I don’t make a fuss about New Year’s resolutions, or believe that hanging a new calendar means we get a fresh start.

Speaking of new calendars, though, I did pick up a cool Walking Dead calendar at Walmart yesterday for a mere $2.97.  I plan to bring it to work for my desk.

Which reminds me that I have to return to work tomorrow.  Ugh.  All vacations must come to an end, I guess.

Never underestimate the power of a well timed vacation.  This past week has been a delight.  Not only did I get to relax and recharge my severely depleted batteries, but I also warded off the holiday funk that usually darkens my doorstep this time of year.

By not rushing back to work the day after Christmas, and actually taking the time to enjoy the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I kept the holiday spirit alive for once.

Now let’s circle back to my original point.  Just because it’s a new year, doesn’t mean that there’s a new world out there.

I was awakened in the wee hours, not be holiday revelers, but by the sound of the snow plow rumbling down the block.

I’ve been so relaxed and detached from the world, that I had no idea it was supposed to snow.  Was I surprised by the presence of the white stuff, though?  Of course not.  This is Maine.  It’s January.  It always snows.

Happy New Year, New Year's day, humor, Modern PhilosopherMy first official act as a citizen of 2019 was to shovel the driveway and sidewalk.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I read once that ancient cultures believed it to be a sign of future prosperity if you got the first snow shoveling of the year out of the way on day one.

Ironically, because life did not change simply because the year did, I’m now destined to have an amazing year.  How crazy, yet totally fitting, is that?

Don’t get me wrong, Modern Philosophers.  I have big plans for 2019, but I didn’t wait until the ball dropped in Times Square to set things in motion.  There are plans within plans within plans, and the wheels have been turning for many months.

My immediate plan, however, is to watch the Parks and Recreation episodes I recorded yesterday.  Watching reruns of The Office taught me so much, and I intend to absorb even more wisdom from the Modern Philosophers of Pawnee.

I hope 2019 treats you well.  Just remember, you don’t have to make any big changes today just because Baby New Year is in town.  Conquer the world at your own pace!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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25 Responses to Shoveling In The New Year

  1. cbiz50 says:

    I make resolutions. I make them every day. As you note we don’t have to put the pressure on one day. Actually New Year’s Day should be a day of easing out of holiday mode gently not an abrupt reform of bad habits and immediate installation of new goals.

  2. lydiaschoch says:

    Oh, I love Parks & Rec. I’m about three or four seasons into it now. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

  3. ksbeth says:

    yes, great points all, austin! happy new year to you, austin !

  4. Magical Mystical Mimi says:

    I’m not a resolution maker either. I have goals but I have goals all the time and like your plans, I have goals within goals within goals. 🙂 Right this moment I am reaching my goal of getting back into the blogging world. Go me! – Stopping by from Blogging Anarchy. Happy New Year!!!

  5. markbialczak says:

    Happy New Year, Austin.
    I think you should check out fellow blogger Courtney, who is expanding her ‘sphere. She writes that she is going to visit Maine this June and loves the east coast.

  6. I make about a thousand resolutions, that way I can be sure to hit a few of them. 🙂 recommended I come check you out, so I did. Also, I have never tried to post a link before, so if I did it wrong, we’ll all know in a minute. Either way, you’ll know who sent me. 🙂 I’m coming out to Maine in June from California, to see if I really want to live there, or if it’s just a daydream that has plagued me for the past 10 years. I’m a huge fan of the East Coast. I suspect I’ll love it. Anyway, nice to meet you, and Happy New Year!

  7. AAristizabal says:

    My best wishes for this new year!

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