Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

It's New Year's Day in the coldest month in Alaska and it's above freezing. The worst thing about thawing and re-freezing is the ice. First the snow melts, then it refreezes with a layer of water on top to make it all smooth. Then the wind blows and polishes it. Nasty stuff!

Okay, I have a tendency to look at the negative side of everything. I don't do New Year's resolutions, because they are often too grand and they set me up for failure. But something I want to try to do in the new year and always is to look more on the positive side. That's going to take some work. Somewhere in my development, I learned to see the down side of everything, not to say I can't recognize a half-full glass when I see one!

I wonder if this isn't a defense mechanism that allows me to hope for the best, but to expect the worst. When I go to coffee hour after church, I hope to connect with someone, but I really don't expect I will. This has been the story all of my life. Am I setting myself up for failure? Possibly. Even probably. But Einstein said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." I have to learn how to 'do' it differently. Until then, I'm stepping back and reassessing things in the light of my recent diagnosis.

So, what's positive about a mid-winter thaw? We use less wood and electricity to heat the house, and that's definitely a bonus. The van isn't as cold when I first start driving in it. Let's see...

1 comment:

  1. I tend to see the negative also. I think that's an Aspie trait. The upside is that I am usually proven wrong. As for the thaw? No clue. I live in Louisiana.