Paul E. Anna: High Points | AspenTimes.com

Paul E. Anna: High Points

Paul E. Anna
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

So have you taken your tree down? Have you written those thank-you notes for the shirts, socks or tie you got for Christmas? Have you cleared the cards off the mantle?

Get with it man, it’s 2009.

The holidays were a blur, and they seemed to go on forever. A mid-week Christmas and New Year’s means that the whole end of the year thing takes about two weeks to get through. Add to that the James Blanning affair and the subsequent excitement, and 2008 went out like a lion.

But that’s all over. We are already nine days into the 10th year of the new millennium, and it is time to get back into the proverbial swing of things and establish those good habits that make our lives better.

Begin with exercise. That’s not a difficult thing for people here in this valley because so many of us live to move. If you are a downhill skier or boarder, this is prime time. January may be the best month of the year here, with prodigious snow and thin crowds. Take full advantage of the month and get out on a daily basis if at all possible. This is a great time to rack up some solid vertical numbers.

Then there is diet. The holidays begin and end with food and drink in copious quantities. We get so used to eating and drinking just about anything and everything that many of us begin the New Year with a bit of extra tonnage. Now is a great time to thin out a tad. To mix in a salad or turn to chicken soup for a soul-satisfying dinner rather than busting into another veal chop. Desserts can be placed on hold as well. They will always be there so you can get your chocolate fix next month after you’ve gotten back into playing shape.

Then there is the whole work thing. There is so much trepidation about what is going to happen with the economy, and every day the news seems to get a little, or a lot, worse. The only sure thing we can do is to take care of our own. If you have a job, do it the best way that you know how. If you’re looking for one, get a plan and get out there. Take things one day at a time and focus on what you can do to make sure that you not only are taking care of you and yours but that you are enjoying what you do.

Finally, stop every day and appreciate what is important to you. Your wife, your kids, your dog, your new shirt and socks, whatever it is that you cherish. Make sure that you make time each day in 2009 to do a reality check and appreciate just how good you have it.

If you think this is a bit preachy you’re right. But it was written as a way of reminding myself, mostly, that these are the things that will best get me through the New Year. Maybe they’ll work for you, too.

Thanks for the indulgence.


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