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January blues

Paul E. Anna
Aspen, CO Colorado

Whew! What was that all about?

Yes, the holidays are past us, and now is the time to take a deep breath and sigh in relief. Word is that there were fewer travelers to town (didn’t seem that way, did it?) and that they spent more money. True that.

Where does all this cash and bling come from? I hear that oil is high, home prices are low, and the country is set up for a fall. Maybe the folks who come here just don’t read the papers. The message in this town is that if you want it, you can afford it. Actually, the old axiom “if you have to ask how much it is, you can’t afford it” is probably the law of this land.

Ah, but they are gone, and we are left with a ton of snow and time on our hands to count the cash left behind by our well-fed, private­jet- traveling visitors. Ski first, count second is my advice.

January can be a strange month around here. Many of us are exhausted after the hol­iday buzz, and it takes a day or two or 30 to get back into fighting form. Folks tend to get a lot of sniffles and sore throats, which is the body’s way of letting people know it’s time to slow down.

There can be a sort of depression that sets in as well, when the pace of things slow and we aren’t exactly sure what to do next. It is said that there is an increase in suicides this time of year, especially in the northern climes where the sun hangs low in the sky and the foreboding clouds dampen our enthusiasm for the days ahead.

But, like anything and everything else, Jan­uary is all in how you look at it. It may seem imperceptible, but the days are actually get­ting longer. You may not have the holiday buzz and the constant calendar to keep you busy, but remember how you longed for a breather in the middle of December?

This is a great time for reflection. Look at the abundance and blessings that life brought. Realize how lucky you are to be here, and don’t forget, those blinged-out vis­itors you served over the past few weeks are now toiling away in distant cities and towns, far from the beauty that surrounds you on a daily basis.

January is also a great time for renewal. Shed the past, be it excess tonnage, bad habits, inappropriate people or even nega­tive attitudes. Use the turning of the page that marks the new year to get a start on some of the things you have been promising yourself for years.

And if none of that works, just go skiing.


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