Sunday, January 27, 2013

Inauguration Day

    I got the chance to watch a lot of President Obama's Inauguration Ceremonies, and I really enjoyed it.  I love the pageantry that surrounds every event, and I'll recount some of my favorite things.
    I always tear up when I hear the National Anthem, and I do not care that it may have been pre-recorded.  The prayers, songs,  and poems were tasteful and appropriate.
    I loved the President's address because he spoke to all those who voted for him.  I think he deserves to try and keep the promises he made to voters during the campaign.  We need him to fight for the middle class, and the poor who feel they have no voice.  It was wonderful to watch him stop, turn around on the steps, and reflect on the sea of Americans who were there to hear him take the oath of office.
     I was nervous when I saw the President and First Lady get out of the car and walk.  I give the secret service and other law enforcement high marks for keeping them safe.  I thought it was a great moment when the President and his kids were sitting together to watch the parade.  Malia wanted to take a picture with her cell phone of her parents kissing, but her older sister got in the way.  I laughed because this can and does happen in every family in the country!   I'm happy that they are a regular family, who are living this extraordinary life. They truly represent the best of all of us.  I think I would have pitched a fit if my sister ruined my photo, so I give those young girls a lot of credit.  It cannot be easy to have an entire country watching you.
     I'm always impressed with Michelle Obama's fashion style, and she always looks beautiful!  How exciting it must be for the American designers who had their clothing chosen for this historical day.  I especially loved the red dress Mrs. Obama  wore for the formal balls.  I wish she had twirled around when they were dancing, because it would have made my day!
     Congratulations Mr. President!  You have the love, respect, and admiration of so many Americans.  I pray for you to do great things, because we will all benefit as the country solves its problems.  I do believe that better days are coming, and I'm glad that I'm living during these historical times.  I often wonder how the historians will view these early decades of the twenty-first century.  Let's all get involved, and work to make sure it is positive....this is not a dress rehearsal, it really is unfolding before our very eyes.......and the beat goes on.....the beat goes on......


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

  Happy Days are Here Again.....the hockey season started tonight, and the Boston Bruins beat the Rangers in an excellent game.  Hockey fans across the country are thrilled to watch their teams and cheer them on.
I'm not sure how the shortened and compressed season will affect the players, but our game was great!  We wondered if the players would look "rusty" because the strike had lasted more than 100 days.  I also love to hear about the back stories, and there were two good items tonight. One of the Bruins who scored a goal was celebrating his twenty-ninth birthday today, and another became a dad for the first time two days ago.
  The Bruins played as a team, and it resulted in their first win.  There is a saying that "Teamwork makes the Dream Work", and it was evident tonight.  That advice works for everyone from families, to co-workers, and for  teammates of any sport.
  We all do better when we concentrate and focus on a single goal.  The new year is a good time to list some goals for 2013.  We always list some things that are likely to happen, as well as one or two items that will be difficult to accomplish.  It never hurts to strive for some things that will be a real stretch.  It's great to look back, and see how we did the previous year.  Some goals are carried over into the new year, and some may take several years to accomplish.  The idea is to stick with it, and see it through.  In some instances, progress may be just as important as reaching our goals on the first try.  We learn things along the journey that become good habits, and good habits take time to develop.
   Last year, my goal was to lose weight and walk more.  I lost half of my target weight , and so I will continue my efforts this year.  I look and feel better, and I know I will reach my goal.  We are also eating healthier, and it has really made a difference.  This year we plan to complete some home repairs.  The list is always long, and emergencies may come up during the year.  "Life is what happens when you are making other plans" is a saying I got from a tea bag, but it definitely keeps things in perspective.......and the beat goes on.....the beat goes on......

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Under the Weather

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
I'm not feeling well enough to post tonight
I Hope I'm not getting the flu.

I'm gonna take some cold medicine and turn in early ......and the beat goes on.....the beat goes on.....

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year

   My newspaper runs the "Just for Today Poem" in Dear Abby's column at the end of each year.  I think it is really great advice, and so I thought I would share it with all of you. I find it helps to keep me focused in the moment, and keeps the focus on myself.  It's tough to work on ourselves, but these suggestions will help.
   As always, take what you like and leave the rest....have a happy and healthy and prosperous new year... ...and the beat goes on...the beat goes on...

JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime. 

JUST FOR TODAY, I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine. 

JUST FOR TODAY, I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things I can correct and accept those I cannot. 

JUST FOR TODAY, I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer. 

JUST FOR TODAY, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I'll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. 

JUST FOR TODAY, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself. 

JUST FOR TODAY, I will do something positive to improve my health. If I'm a smoker, I'll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully - if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it's only around the block. 

JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.