A New Year

Do you know the difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist will stay up until midnight to welcome the New Year. A pessimist will stay up to make sure the old year leaves.

I like the way an elderly man prayed for the New Year. “Lord, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.”

Are you a “resolution” person? I always set New Year’s resolutions.

One guy was worried about his weight. His New Year’s resolution that year was to get his weight under 180 pounds. The next year his resolution was to get his weight down under 200. And the year after that, he resolved “to develop a realistic attitude about my weight.”

Last year, he resolved to join a gym. And this year’s resolution is “to drive by the gym at least three days a week.”

I like what Mark Twain said. “New Year’s Day is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving the road to hell with them as usual.

The Bible says life is really short, like a vapor. You really don’t have the promise of a New Year, but of a new day. So celebrate that promise. And if you’re really serious, go drive by a gym.

Happy New Year! May 2018 be your most blessed year yet.

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