Opinion

Starting the new year with a clean slate

In case you have all been too busy, I’m here to tell you that the world did not end on the 21st of December. Some of those who had predicted the apocalypse are now backtracking with lame explanations. They are telling us that it was never intended to be the end of the world, just the end of an era and this is the start of a New Age.

Personally, my limited research into Mayan culture shows that they did not have pharmacies or body shops where you could get new calendars every year so just used the same one over and over.

The only down side of the world continuing is that I had not bothered to make any New Year’s resolutions. I figured that if it did end, why have all these plans in place? If it didn’t and I wasn’t prepared, well it wouldn’t be the end of the world, would it?

But suppose there was a new plan for the human race. Suppose there was and international cosmic decree that from now on, Jan. 1 of each year would signal a new start for us all. We would start from scratch every year, and it would be up to us to make choices that would determine how we ended up on Dec. 31.

For instance, you would wake up on New Year’s Day and be the perfect weight for your height. Your blood would be pumping through clear arteries and your joints would be lubricated and fluid. No one would need glasses or hearing aids, arch supports or pacemakers. We would all be perfect.

We could decide if we were going to have a bowl of granola with peach slices and go for a healthy walk, or we could fill the frying pan with grease and watch football and soap operas. Each day we would decide if we were going to maintain our perfect body or let it go.

All debts would be wiped clear under this new plan. We would start off with a positive balance in our accounts and as we went along, the financial decisions we made would either build our accounts or start to weigh us down. Would we learn from last year’s mistakes?

The world would have no famine or poverty. Countries would not have enemies and all wars would be over on New Year’s Eve. Could the politicians maintain the peace and share with those in need? How long would it take before the squabbling began again?

We would start fresh with families and friends. Anything we had said or done in the past year would be forgiven or forgotten and all our relationships would be as if we were meeting people for the first time. We could not carry over resentments or anger and some little transgression from 20 years ago would be long forgotten. Jails would be empty and the courts would be quiet.

There would be no one to blame for our human condition and it would be up to each one of us to make positive decisions about our personal health, finance, or relationships. We would control our own destiny and we alone would determine the success or failure of our new year.

This plan is not really new at all. It has been around for a long time, it just takes too much work for most of us. But let’s give it a try this year. At least that’s what McGregor says.

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