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  • Writer's pictureSteve Feller

A New Year!

Today is the last day before I go back to work. My Wife went back to work today, leaving me to my own thoughts today. I started the day with nearly two hours of shoveling snow, scrapping ice off the cars and getting snow off the collapsing trees. We have 12” of snow in the last two days, great start to the year. After the morning workout with the snow, I decided to spend some time in the hot tub to refresh and think about what the New Year will bring.

One thought I have had over the past few months, and it was very profound to me this morning. I want to be better at recognizing the beauty of the world. Sitting in the hot tub was so serene and calming, so I want to recognize these moments better. Here is a picture of my view today.

There is so much beauty around us and we need to slow down and enjoy it. I have been reading the Comfort Crisis written by Michael Easter, this has got me thinking about how we are evolving into a crisis. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to step out of the norm.

One point in the book that has me wanting to enjoy more rather than wanting more. Michael writes about meeting a Buddha and the conversation around how Americans are always looking for the next thing, the next job, the next car, the next home, the next vacation and so on. I want to be better at enjoying where I am, enjoying the beauty around me and eventually settling into a calmer life. This is a very big step for me and will take some effort. I don’t think this means we should not continue to improve our life, our health or knowledge, but being better at excepting and enjoying the moment.

Another Point I enjoyed learning about is incorporating the Rucksack weight for walking. I have not done this and plan on giving it a try. I am not a runner, and this may make my walks more impactful. Go to for more info.

This is the time of year we tend to set goals and try to improve ourselves. This is the first year I am not making my health a new goal. I feel like I have made a life change in my eating habits, doing well with my diabetes and following a strong exercise program. I am not going to add this to my yearly goal, it is a habit at this point for me, time for me to work on a better mental place in my life.

What does your New Year look like? Take some time and make some meaningful life habit changes, you will thank yourself for looking at a life change rather than a goal you will forget about in a few months. Life changes are never ending, more meaningful and often a better mind set than a goal you expect to end at some point. We tend to struggle with goals when we fail for a day, a week or a month and just give up. A life change we fail and start over and over again, because it is none ending, we keep trying.

I challenge you to think more about a life change than a goal and see what happens. I would be curious to know if this works better for you like it has for me. It is time for you to make the best life you can live NOW! And not sometime in the future. Good luck on your New Year.

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