New Year’s Eve

Here we are on the 31st of December 2020. Taking a morning stroll around the social media platforms, you can see the number of people that are very interested in getting 2020 in their rearview mirror.

I have been working with one of my mentors recently, and he brought a lot of things to the forefront of my mind, and they are some of the ideals that I will be bringing into 2021. There were a lot of changes that occurred in 2020, some of those changes were for the better and some were or the worse. However, the thoughts are based around whether you focused on those that made changes for the better, or did you focus on the ones that made changes for the worse.

“…And Then You Die of Dysentery” by Lauren Reeves

In the third lesson of the …And Then You Die of Dysentery book by Lauren Reeves, the lesson refers back to the naming of your party that was riding with you on the Oregon Trail. The specific quote is “Have fun choosing the names of your party, but remember you have only a limited number of space. Feel free to get creative.” Now, I am not going to reference the name that is included as the image to this…as the author certainly got creative; but this point is certainly clear here in 2020. Things that we do may be short of characters (time, distance, the words we share to other people) but what we do with them may be extremely fun for us and others.

During the quarantine, our family made a decision that we had to get out of the house, have dinner in an environment somewhere other than our house, where we worked, where we played, where we simply were 24-hours a day. We found a place open, got a family box of food, and went to an open parking garage near the large river that comes through our area, and we had our very own, safe picnic. Once that brought us together in laughs, enjoyment, and joy.

Tonight, many people are going to make resolutions for 2021. These resolutions may be fitness, nutrition, job performance, job type, family activities, growth mindset, books to read, education to seek, or recreational and travel goals. For us, these resolutions are the name of our party. We are going to have to see to bring them along with us through the entire length of the Oregon Trail. There will be trials and tribulations, but the names on your wagon are wanting to keep them together until you reach your destination.

Get creative, find ways to make 2021 even better than any year you have ever had before.

Together everyone achieves more.

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