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To new beginnings

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To new beginnings To new beginnings
Curley Esterdley

I started 2020 with a great hope of a new decade. I quit smoking, after 48 years, on Jan. 1, 2020. I never thought I’d be able to ever kick the habit. It’s one of the toughest to quit. But, I had the positive mindset of starting a “new decade” in my life. I had a strong, powerful, positive mindset or I never would have been able to keep my New Year’s resolution. Little did I know it was actually the end of a decade. When I found that it was the end of the decade, I was into it too far to look back.

Then in March, everything changed for us all. Our lives were forced to come to a screeching to a halt and turned upside down. We had to change the way we lived, traveled, socialized and celebrated. We were limited or could no longer go to work, school, the store and other places. Most important and meaningful life celebrations had to be canceled or postponed. We had no control over what was happening. We had to hunker down and stay put. Our patience was surely tested.

Most of us came to despise the year 2020. The population has many different negative words to describe it. Yes, it was the worst year ever for many of us, and it was hard not to think in negative terms about everything.

With that being said, we need to see the small goods that came with 2020 and carry them on into 2021. The “slow down” was good for us in many ways. It forced us to learn patience and, hopefully, helped us to savor each moment spending more time with family and ourselves. It made us stop and “smell the flowers,” appreciating things we took for granted. It also helped enabled the kindness button that is in all of us.

We need to enter 2021 with a strong optimistic outlook. How do we do that? It is up to you. You choose how your mind thinks and works. Why live miserable when you can choose and control your thinking and live a happier life? Let go of the ugly, old past. Find the positives, not the negatives. Negativity brings you down, while positivity lifts you up. What you do or say or how you act affects not only you, but those around you. Make a happy and better future for yourself and those around you. You will gradually find that you feel better in both mind and body.

We made it through ugly 2020; we can handle anything. 2021 can be a whole new beginning for the better in you and for the better of others. We need to look at it as a small obligation to make the world a better place. As Ghandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Be the light and help make your world a better place to live for yourself and others. Happy 2021, and here’s to new beginnings!