I was going through all my past columns on New Year’s Eve and came across this column I wrote about the New Year in 2013. Just had to share and thought it could easily apply to every new year.
Wishing You a Happy List of Little Stuff in the New Year
The New Year is upon us and I want to wish you more than the standard clichéd “Happy New Year” line. What I hope for you are things that are possible and realistic and the kinds of wishes that you’d appreciate if they happened to you. There’s a little New Year’s wish for everyone.
- For starters, may your pants still fit after the holidays.
- May you always have a hankie handy when you need to blow your nose—especially when it begins to drip in public.
- May relatives and friends visit when you have time on your hands and could use some company, and stay away when you’re most busy (calving, haying).
- May equipment breakdowns occur at convenient times this year.
- May you make it through the year without leaving your purse some place in public, at a friend’s, or a relative’s who lives far away (for ranch people that could be the next town).
- May your bathroom time not be disturbed.
- May your clothes be free of food stains before you get to your destination.
- May the majority of arguments and decisions between you and your mate be miraculously agreed upon.
- When unexpected company arrives shortly before supper, may you think of something that’s quick and easy to fix for supper. Or at least have meat thawed out.
- May you frequently find more rain in your rain gauge than you expected.
- May your branding go smoothly and streamlined and may you have good weather for it.
- May your keys, glasses, cell phone, or shop tools always be right where you go to find them.
- May your bank or ag loans be small, paid off, or not necessary this year.
- May three-fourths of the mud, dirt, or dust stay outside instead of camping on
your kitchen floor.
- May you open your wallet and find that you still have cash in there.
- In dealing with loved ones may you be blessed with a lot more patience than last year.
- May you get your good 9 X 13” cake pan back.
- May you find an item (or toy if you’re a child) you lost a long time ago and dearly missed AND find what you originally went to look for.
- May you get credit for your ideas and may you see them implemented.
- May your spouse correctly read your mind at least once or twice this year.
- May those questionable laundry stains come out unexpectedly clean.
- May your big projects get done sooner than anticipated.
- When he or she says, “I need your help for a sec,” may it really only be for a sec.
- May you be able to get to your destination without being harped on to stop and ask for directions.
- May you reveal some money when you could really use it.
- May you be able to get an undisturbed nap more often than last year.
- May the number of times you irritate your spouse be a great percentage less than normal in 2013.
- May the gates you meet open and shut with ease.
- May you know what you’re getting yourself into.
I have many more but these will get you off to a good start in the new year. They may be just little things but when you add them up they can make a
big difference in a year’s time.
(this column was previously published Dec26-30, 2012)
Amy Kirk © 2012