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Paul E. Anna: High Points

Paul E. Anna
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

So it’s New Years Day. And not only is this the first day of a new year, it’s the first day of a new decade. The oughts are gone, finished, kaput and we are about to embark on the teens. That kind of makes New Years 2010 a supersized new year.

For those of you who are still getting used to the concept of this being a new century, I’m right there with you. It hardly seems possible that time has marched on so quickly. It seems like 1999 was only yesterday. Heck, it seems like 1979 was only yesterday.

No doubt we all have high hopes that the teens will be better than the oughts. 9/11, the housing crises, a pair of wars. The first decade of the new century has brought us some significant challenges and just because we turn the page on a calendar it doesn’t mean that they will go away with the residue of the previous year.



No, this stuff is here to stay I’m afraid.

Some of us like to just let time roll along, year to year, decade to decade. Living in the moment as it were. After all, there’s not much you can do to slow the turning of the earth. We’re not fazed by the tick tock of a clock. Get up each morning, live each day to it’s fullest and go to bed each night until it all comes to a hopefully peaceful end.



Then there are those of us for whom control is key and making lists, making plans, making resolutions are essential elements in the end of the year planning. The results of the previous year are tallied up and accounted for and the goals for the next year are put on paper.

Which way is best depends purely on the individual and what works for them. The laissez-faire attitude may be what brings one person joy while a more intense and disciplined lifestyle gets results for others.

The trick is finding a way of looking at the world and the passage of time so that you can find peace with it all. Sounds simple, but as we all know it can be a struggle. On this super-sized New Years Day I wish you all the best in finding that sweet spot. That place where you can find peace regardless of the troubles in the world. May the teens be better, a lot better than the oughts, and may time, if only for a single second, slow down to a pace that works for us all.

Happy New Year.


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