We’re only a few days into the new year and already some of us have broken at least one of our resolutions.
Heck, at my age, just being able to get upright and walk to the bathroom each morning without aches and pains puts me in a good mood. I resolve to continue doing that. The rest will be gravy.
Those who know me best are aware of my unwavering optimism. The year 2013 was a good one for Kaye and me. I see no reason why this year should be anything but better. It’s been an interesting winter so far, but as long as I can muster the energy to chop ice and shovel snow, I can cling to the image in my crystal ball of camping in a few months.
If I were pressed to make one resolution, it would be to continue starting each new day with gratitude for what we have in our home on the beautiful Saranac here in Morrisonville. Rather than griping and complaining, Kaye and I agree on feeling good about feeling good. We can thank our genes in part and our positive attitude about everything in general.
Twenty-seven happy people at our house for Christmas Eve feast and fellowship made that season bright. The rest of the family was brought close by telephone and we feel blessed with all of their good news from far and near. A quiet Christmas morning for Kaye and me around the tree, Christmas dinner with relatives in Peru and hundreds of good wishes via cards from across the globe. How could we not be grateful?
I spent some time reading thousands of predictions for 2014 from politicians, psychics and journalists. For sure, there will be bouts of extreme weather along with other natural and manmade disasters. Citizens will continue to rise up against their leaders; children will rail against their elders. But, we’ll remain steadfast in the hope that, in the end, it will be okay for us and ours.
I’m not nearly smart enough to predict much of anything or to plan very far into the future. I rely almost exclusively on my muses and forces for good outside myself. I believe my good thoughts for others will have a cumulative effect and I hope they will be sending their positive energy right back to me. Naive? Perhaps. Effective? Yes, indeed.
I believe we are all connected in ways that long preceded the Internet. There are gossamer threads that transcend time and space and I thrill to watch the effect of those connections. I have always contended that science will one day unravel the things that Einstein spent a lifetime trying to explain in scientific terms. Skeptics will soften their hard views as we begin to “prove” what we have suspected all along.
I have written often about what some call “imaginary friends.” My contention is that those friends, experienced by families everywhere, are often not imaginary at all. A new book entitled “Return to Life,” by Dr. Jim B. Tucker, could change a few minds. He has spent years studying children who seem to have built-in memories of past lives. His conclusions are startling to some — confirmation for me.
My predictions for the new year? I feel that the story of where we came from and where we’re going continues to unfold as we are enlightened in ways that will please me immensely and astound others. I once worked for a hard taskmaster who reminded me daily that “nice guys don’t win ballgames.” I strived every day to prove him wrong and hope to perpetuate my contention that they do.
Kaye and I thank everyone who takes time to read this column and especially those who respond with their own comments and suggestions. It’s been a good run since 1997 and will hopefully continue far into the future. Spread the good news. Express your gratitude every day in every way. Send us your good thoughts and we’ll return the favor with light and love.
Remember: there are no coincidences. Have a Happy New Year and please, drive carefully.
Gordie Little was for many years a well-known radio personality in the North Country and now hosts the “Our Little Corner” television program for Home Town Cable. Anyone with comments for him may send them to the newspaper or e-mail him at email@example.com.