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2022 New Year

It’s January 1, 2022, New Year’s Day!  You won’t hear me give you the traditional greeting for this day because I want to wish you something from my heart.  Several years ago, I suggested, in my Annual Update posted on this Winning Ways website, that my readers follow the advice of Roger Miller.  Roger Miller was a very creative singer/songwriter when I was a child.  I remember and know many of his songs but the one I am thinking about, is “You Can't Roller Skate With a Buffalo Herd”.  Look it up on Goggle if you haven’t heard it!

Roger Miller was known for putting wise advice in many of his songs.  The suggestion I’m recommending you take to heart is:

You can't drive around with a tiger in your car
But you can be happy if you've a mind to
All you gotta do is put your mind to it
Knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it

The world of 2021 was challenging, uncertain and very confusing for most of the world’s human population.  However, I am recommending that we dwell on the moments we can be proud of in the past 12 months.  Moments when YOU did something, accomplished something, said something, or avoided doing/saying something; big or small moments that YOU feel pleased or satisfied with in your life. Make a list of 10 or 12 such moments and then notice how you feel.  That feeling is what you want to produce more of in 2022, proud moments are to be celebrated.

Enjoy the simple things in life, usually they are all around you and frequently all you need to pay is attention. Enjoy the blue of the sky, when it’s covered with clouds, look for the sun to peek through and cheer you. Enjoy a physical feeling in your body, whether it’s the sting of cold water in the shower, the taste of hot coffee slipping down your throat, the smell of a great meal, or the sound of your favourite artist’s voice.  Happiness in the moment comes from these simple things. 

Practice gratitude for all the moments, big and small, that you are happy, even for only a few minutes.  Funny thing about this gratitude practice is that it trains our minds to look for more happy moments.  Our minds notice what  we choose to find important and then bring to our attention more and more of that which important to us.  In this case moments of happiness.  So, using your gratitude practice to train your mind to find happy moments, you can be happy if you've a mind to!

Here’s my wish for all my friends for 2022.  May you choose daily to notice the happy moments of your life, celebrate the proud moments and train yourself to have the happiest 12 months of 2022 that you can enjoy!  You can be happy if you've a mind to.