“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”

– Buddha

The above quote by Buddha got me to thinking about what it is I may want to work towards in the year 2015 which is rapidly approaching. I find myself, at times, wondering why it is I do not get all done in a day, week, month, or year that which I feel I must get done. And then the light bulb goes on! It is me, being that I am retired I am the master of my destiny. If I want to take a cross-country road trip similar to the one we took this past March through mid-July, I can go for it. Should I want to spend more time reading – hey – clear my calendar of other things so that I can read more often. Another thing I have always wanted to do is learn more about some of the programs found on my computer. Who can fix that – me! All I need do is replace several of my current “priorities” with the aforementioned desires. In reality, I am merely going to make my daily desires “actual priorities” so that I do them first instead of when and if I have time.

I mean – let’s face it we are all the masters of our own destiny. So far this year we have been on a cruise, a three and one-half month cross-country road trip taking us into parts of the country and western Canada we have not been to before. We visited our son in southern California, some friends in Arizona, more friends in Indiana and went on to visit both relatives and friends in PA before going to visit another son in Connecticut. We teach line dancing two days a week and when able to, go to line dancing classes two, sometimes three days a week. In addition to all that we socialize with friends within the community where we live at least two times a week.

So, while I may think I need to re-prioritize our activities, truth be told, my educated guess is that what I need to do is cut back on some of my down time in front of the TV. Television is a wonderful piece of technology and for people our age that are not able to be as active as we are, I would venture to say that the TV and the computer are probably two of the most faithful companions they could ask for (outside of a pet such as a dog or cat). But, as evidenced by the above, we are not yet “inactive” senior citizens. Still going strong, but not achieving all that I want to during my time left here, bottom line is that I need to change my priorities!

So, I have less than thirty days to create a new game plan for 2015. I prefer to call what it is I hope to do in 2015 a “game plan” versus “New Year’s Resolutions”. I chose “game plan” versus “resolutions” because resolutions never seem to get accomplished. But I have been known to work towards and achieve a game plan. Stay tuned, changes are afoot for 2015.

Until next time!

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