So how was your New Year celebrations? Did you stay at home and sleep from one year into the next, or did you party? We went to a party. And what a party it was! The New Year came in, and I went out! Well at least it was better than last year, because last year I toasted the New Year at home. My wife had rye and I had white.
Seriously though, I don’t understand why people celebrate the end of a year. It only means that the car depreciated again! And speaking of cars, one should never drink and drive on the Freeways on New Year’s Eve – those rest stops are pretty far apart!
Enough said! Most people make New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out the other! Not me, this year humour is going to play a big part in my life!
Seriously, have you not found that the last few years have become tougher and more serious and it has become difficult to stick to those New Year’s resolutions? So this year my approach has changed. I spent the first week of 2016 thinking of what I wanted to do this year and basically came up with 5 changes I would make in my life. These I want to share with you as I believe they are realistic, and most of all, very pertinent to the world that we live in today.
You can watch this month’s ‘Useletter’ here. More video links can be found at the end of the video.
1. Laugh more
I am going to laugh more this year. Having said that, my year started on a sad note as my friend Gav died on New Year’s Eve from taking too many heart burn tablets. I can’t believe Gaviscon!
Okay, that was my best joke of 2016 so far! In fact a friend sent it to me yesterday and I have been laughing ever since. It may not be a politically correct joke, but then again where has political correctness brought the world today? If anything, it has messed it up more. So down with socially acceptable, if something is funny, I am going to laugh at it. After all I am still entitled to my own thoughts and opinions.
2. Screw political correctness
Seriously, look at the world today. What is going on? Have people completely lost it? Just look at how our politicians (doesn’t matter which country you live in) have completely messed up the world. It is these same idiots that now also want to tell us what we can say and what we can’t say, and how we should react? Huh? Here’s a fact, we are all different and we all have our unique quirks. If you can’t laugh at yourself, or take a joke around the unique side of your culture, maybe it is you who should grow up. Hello, discrimination and personal attacks are completely out – use common sense. But this over-sensitivity has gone beyond an idiotic level.
3. Call a spade a spade and not a shovel
I find it interesting that everyone else can have their say, except me? This resolution goes pretty much hand in hand with my second one, yet is very different. I am making a point this year to counteract all defamatory and unfair comments that the minorities make against the majority. Let me explain… there could be a thousand people at an event and one lone insecure individual has an issue with something. The powers that be will listen to this one person and change everything to suite him or her, even if it is to the detriment of the other 999 people. That stops today! I will no longer sit by quietly and accept such behaviour. It has reached a point that anyone and everyone can dictate how we must react, just because they feel emotionally offended by something. Hey, in my day you got a smack as a child when you were naughty. If you didn’t study and failed a year you had to do it over. You were not pushed through. You were taught to take responsibility! Today the youth get a trophy for simply attending school? Huh – talk about entitlement! Don’t you think that just maybe this is where the problem lies? Lack of responsibility for your own actions! I ain’t putting up with it anymore.
4. I will not be a religious bigot
Have you noticed how the world has gone religious crazy and the amount of hatred and wars that have started over religion? I saw a great cartoon the other day of aliens looking down onto the earth and all they saw was explosions and fighting, and the one alien said to the other, “They are fighting over who has the most peaceful religion!” Enough said! Research on the Internet (and this could be incorrect by a few numbers) has indicated that there are just under 100 mainstream religions with over a million followers each, and just under 200 minor religions with less believers. This is interesting as we have just under 300 religions in the world that claim that they are the way. Think about that! They all claim that they are the route to salvation. Maybe I don’t understand logic, but surely all of them cannot be the way? Only ONE can! And that too is an arguable point! How do you know it’s yours? So in 2016 I will keep my religious views to myself as I believe spirituality is something personal, and instead of preaching I will actually walk my talk, including not judging others for their beliefs either. If we simply learn to respect and not judge others, maybe we can live together peacefully.
5. Avoid mass marketing and manipulation
In my personal opinion I have never encountered as much materialism and greed as I did in the last few months. I believe it is due to an increased presence of aggressive marketing and control by the ‘powers that be’ to turn the masses into exploited sheeples. Fact, I can only live in one room at a time, I can only watch one TV at a time and I can only drive one car at a time. Is it really necessary to own five of everything? Does having the latest mobile phone make me greater than someone else? Wake up! If you haven’t woken up yet you can start opening your eyes by giving away, or selling off everything you don’t need or haven’t used in the last 6 months.
My wife and I spent time renovating our home the last few weeks and I moved my study from downstairs to upstairs. I literally gave away 1000 books that I haven’t opened in 10 years. I had 4 modems in a cupboard and so much stuff I was hoarding for no purpose! What an incredible feeling to give away to others in need, or simple just to de-clutter and realise that the most important things in life are your health and your family. My goal this year is to scale down completely, as I have realised I don’t need all this materialism to be happy. Think about it, you spend a fortune on insurance to insure all the crap in your home. If you cut down on all the crap and only had one TV, one microwave and one computer, you wouldn’t need to spend copious amounts on insurance every month, as 6 months policy fees would cover those few items anyway. But no, we need 10 of everything! Guess what, we cause our own stress! Wake up smell the roses!
Here are the latest Trick of the week videos
Some Magic 1 Hour TV specials
And here are a few 1 Minute Quotations to give you direction for 2016.
I wish you a blessed, healthy and peaceful 2016 and believe that with the right mind-set it can be your most memorable year ever!