1 Jan 2010
Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you are starting 2010 in a good way.
On the last day of 2009, I walked from my office to Nathan Philips Square (at Toronto's City Hall), just several blocks away. I enjoyed walking in the light rainfall. During my walk, I thought about what I would write for the 60th issue of KaTsZoNe which I started writing in December 2004. It has not been easy, trying to come up with something new to write about each month for five years. I must have repeated myself though - haven't I? Perhaps, you will let me know.
Now, back to my walk to Nathan Phillips Square. When I arrived, I found a large stage and people testing the lights and sound and television cameras in preparation for Toronto's New Year's Eve festivities, which includes live entertainment from some Canadian talent. I wanted to see how the stage set up would be similar or different compared to previous years.
I wondered what the audience would be thinking and feeling, as they stand side by side on New Year's Eve. "What resolutions shall I make for 2010?" "Wish the holidays wouldn't end so soon!" "Who's the hot guy standing beside me?" Okay, maybe you don't want to get into people's heads and bodies the way I'm making you. I have to say, again, I wonder what people will be thinking and feeling this New Year's Eve -- if it's any different from last year? And, what will they be hoping for in the coming year?
In the new year, I thought I would try to take out something old out of my life or surroundings, and put something new into it. It could be as easy as tossing out old, worn out socks and wearing new ones - a new brand of socks or a new colour (instead of always sticking with black and white). Maybe, change the soap you are using. These past three years, I went from MacGregor and Nike socks to Calvin Klein's and Eddie Bauer -- from just black and white socks to navy blue, light blue, beige and gray (but still keep some black socks, of course). I went from using Ivory soap bars to Dove soap bars to Dove body wash and recently, I bought a bottle of "Fruits and Passion" green tea shower gel -- ooooh...ahhhh....I love it! Thanks to my friend, Daniella, who introduced me to this brand of green tea body cream, I'm hooked on this new scent! Actually, for some of us, it's not as easy as you think, considering we may have worn the same clothes for years and years or used the same brand/type of soap for just as long. It's just a couple of examples of something old we could get rid of and something new we can try.
Other things to consider might be the following:
1. Out with the old, bad eating habits; in with some life-changing, healthier eating habits;
2. Out with bad spending habits and debts; in with controlled spending habits and saving more money;
3. Out with road rage and bad driving habits; in with calm attitude and good driving habits;
4. Out with unreasonable priorities for work & family; in with realistic, relevant priorities for work & family;
5. Out with working overtime ALL THE TIME; in with working at a better pace or work environment;
6. Out with not spending time with family; in with spending time with family.
When I turned forty, a lot of new things and people came into my life. I felt like a child starting school. When toddlers grow up and start school, you will see them grow by leaps and bounds as they meet new people, encounter new situations, experience new things, and discover who they are and what they want to be when they grow up. And, I was the same when I turned forty until now. I am still discovering who I am and wondering what I want to be when I grow up. I would love to start each new year as though I was starting a new chapter in life. What an exciting feeling that would be!
I think it's important that as each year passes, we look at how much we have grown -- emotionally, spiritually, mentally and of course, physically as well. And, by taking out something old which may not be beneficial to our growth, and putting something new which is or can be beneficial to our well-being, hopefully, I will become a better person. I want to enjoy being a "better person" so that I will actually enjoy being with myself and more people might also enjoy being in my company. One thing I am not is a hermit. I said, "hermit", not Kermit, as in Kermit the Frog. Kermit used to sing, "It's not easy being green." I suppose Kermit could have ended up being a hermit, but, he chose to have friends. Those who watch or used to watch "Sesame Street" and "The Muppet Show" will remember that Kermit had lots of friends. From his song, it does not sound like his life is always smooth, yet, he takes a positive outlook on life and that's a very powerful magnet which attracts other positive energy. I'd love to attract more positive people in my life -- bring them on!
As you read this episode of KaTsZoNe in 2010, I encourage you to think good thoughts and dream big dreams! I wish that everything will turn out well for you and your families this year. I pray that you will have fortitude, peace of mind and remember that there are people who love and care about you. As we travel down familiar and unfamiliar roads in the coming year, let's have faith and courage to continually reach for our utmost potential.
Check out the KaTsZoNe calendar at http://www.katszone.com/page/page/6673173.htm to see some events which I am planning to attend. In January, it's the annual North American International Motorcycle Supershow which I have attended for the last couple years and enjoy attending each time. In February, the annual Canadian Autoshow will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. I am also looking forward to seeing Motley Crue perform at the Air Canada Centre. Chinese New Year is on February 14th in 2010 and I am going to post some information about the Year of the Tiger on my website, so, stay tuned!
As usual, I will likely attend unplanned shows or events and meet new people in 2010 and hopefully, it will keep me fresh (like strong mint toothpaste) and interesting (like a cab driver who wants to be a tourguide) and fun (like a funny zombie movie).
It's been a pleasure sharing another issue, I mean, another "episode" of my life with you. I look forward to another amazing KaTsZoNe year and would love to hear from you this coming year!
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"What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new."
(Henry David Thoreau, American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher, 1817-1862)