Healthy Living: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Now that we have witnessed another year’s passing, it’s time to get our houses back in order following those fun times of package unwrapping, boxing up all of those shiny Christmas bulbs and lights. Pack down that dumpster, vacuum all of our carpets, wash and put away all of those extra linens you used to accommodate family members who, to our delight, stayed overnight. And don’t forget to save the turkey carcass for making that traditional turkey soup. YUM!

It’s also time to seriously think about our New Year’s Resolutions. Along with many of you, I have often failed to follow my resolutions faithfully, but this year, I have come up with only one, and it should be an achievable one. I plan to complete writing my autobiography. I began dabbling with it a few years ago, then set it aside, busying myself with other distractions and interruptions. Now as I take time to reread my outline and beginning words, I find it kind of colorful, having grown up the youngest of 11 siblings. My Ukrainian parents offered us adventuresome upbringing unlike others I’ve known.

It’s colorful to look back through history. For example, the Babylonians made promises to the gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. I read nothing about how successful they were. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named. I was surprised to learn that there has actually been an increase in the number of Americans who participate in making resolutions, and common goals such as losing weight and joining exercise programs are more likely to succeed. Spreading resolutions out over time seems to be the best approach.

May you succeed with whatever choice or choices you make, but select only a few for easy commitment. And do have a very Happy New Year!

Christine Harness has worked in the field of Occupational Therapy throughout her adult life, both in and outside of the Kern River Valley. She has helped countless individuals to maintain or regain their independence. Christine believes that enjoying and taking satisfaction in one’s day-to-day activities is the key to a meaningful life.