Make sure you enjoy every day in 2006

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved beginnings. The beginning of a new day. The beginning of a new week, a new month, or a new year. A new house, a new location, a new job, or new neighbours.
But at the same time, I love endings. After all, you have to experience endings before you are ready for beginnings.
Years ago when I taught high school in Ontario, Canada, I often told people that I loved Monday morning because it was the beginning of the week and I loved Friday afternoon because it was the end of the week.
One time, my friend and fellow teacher, Sally, came to me after the Wednesday noon meal and said, “You must be terribly depressed right now.”
I didn’t catch on at first. Then Sally said, “It’s the middle of the week!”
This side of 60, my daily endings and beginnings have developed into an enjoyable routine. I stay up late playing computer games and answering e-mails. Then, when morning comes, I stay in bed as late as possible.
But when I do get up, I find mornings exhilarating. We have a leisurely cup of coffee before breakfast, enjoy interesting conversation, check out the weather channel, and watch the birds in our backyard.
Then it’s time to go to water exercise class, which I describe as the highlight of my day. We have so much fun and the exercise is invigorating.
After water exercise, I have another leisurely cup of coffee and eat my one ounce of dark chocolate for my health (perhaps even a little more than my one ounce allotment sometimes!)
Then by 11 o’clock, I’m energized and ready to work all day.
But what energizes me most is not the few sips of coffee or the dark chocolate, or even the socializing—it’s the exercise. And so the days come and go in rapid succession.
The great Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy, had a theory about time. Time passes according to your age, he said. One year for a seven-year-old is equivalent to 10 years for a 70-year-old. That’s why time flies this side of 60!
Tolstoy understood the importance of using time well and the importance of the “now.” He once said, “There is only one time that is important—NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time that we have any power.”
So, think about your days and remember that they are numbered. Every morning do what makes you happy. Is it socializing or watching the birds? Is it a walk with a friend for exercise or sitting and thinking?
Is it reading a book or writing a book? Is it volunteering in a thrift shop or shovelling snow?
And at the end of the day, reflect on the day and go to bed satisfied.
Remember all year that 2006 will seem to pass as quickly at your age as a month seemed to pass when you were seven years old. So make the most of every month, every week, every day, every hour, and every minute.
That’s the way to ensure you’ll have a happy new year.
Marie Snider is an award-winning health care writer and syndicated columnist. Write her at or visit

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