I remember as a child, my first grade teacher had the door of our class room at Chelyan Elementary decorated with cartoon like pictures of an old man standing next to a baby. The imagery was to show the comparison between the old and new years. 1982 wasn’t a particularly good year for me as I had lost my grandfather in December, so the idea of a new start hit me even as a 6 year old.
Every year, we celebrate the seemingly arbitrary beginning of the Julian calendar, which is a relic of the Roman Empire and Julius Caesar. January 1st or New Year’s Day for some is just another day. For many, it can be a new beginning in so many things. People everywhere resolve to be wealthier, healthier, happier, and better for the new year. Far too often, those resolutions go by the wayside within weeks of the new year. People give up on the budget, the new diet, fall into traps that get in the way of their happiness and feel lesser because of it. This year I have a few goals of my own. While trying to be healthier and happier, I hope to just realize how blessed I am each day.
Thank you to those of you who read these posts, listen to the Appalachian Health Podcast, or watch Live Healthy, Live Well, West Virginia. I hope the material I cover with friends, colleagues, and guests will enrich someone this year. With a little divine intervention, everyone reading this will be a little richer, a little healthier, a little happier, and a little better. Here’s to a great 2020. Happy New Year.