Start 2014 by remembering what you have

Lisa Goudy
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Lisa Goudy

We always talk about the new year as the start of something new.

We make resolutions that we hope to keep. We think of beginning again, as if it’s a fresh start on life. We take a moment, reflect on the past and focus on the future.

But oftentimes what we forget is focusing on the present and the carryover from 2013. All of this is important to our happiness and health.

First, I’ll touch a bit on the past. The year 2013 had a lot of milestones in it for Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and for myself personally. We can’t forget the good we have in our life.

In 2013 the Riders won the Grey Cup at a home game at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

As a member of the crowd and hard-core Rider fan, it was a game I will always remember, as history was made. The energy was electric and the excitement has most definitely carried over into 2014.

In April 2013, Moose Jaw and Regina hosted the Juno Awards. Moose Jaw had many JunoFest events and noteable performers such as Serena Ryder and PandaCorn. I had the privilege of covering the Juno Awards ceremony in Regina, as well as taking part in a media Q and A with ceremony host Michael Bublé.

All of the events of the past, only a few of which I have mentioned here, are also part of our present because they are a part of us.

As for the future, Moose Jaw will host the Telus Cup hockey event in April. It was also announced the city will host the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2015. These are big events for the city. Other concerts and events continue to be announced for Mosaic Place and the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.

Next weekend, YaraCentre will hold a health education day so people can learn about fitness programs offered in Moose Jaw and surrounding areas. It’s always important to stay active.

Of course, we all have personal plans for the future. We all have hopes, aspirations and dreams that we need to always work toward. That’s important, but I think we should also focus on what we have. Whether it’s family and friends who love us and who we love, health, happiness, food or shelter, we need to remember that. It can serve as a happy place when we’re feeling low.

Maybe we need reminders sometimes. It can get easy to lose happy thoughts if we’re not careful.

But we can’t let that happen. The new year is associated with the start of something new, but we don’t always need something new. Sometimes we need to remember what we already have. Maybe all we need for the New Year is a new outlook on life.

The other day on Twitter, I saw the following quote, originally put out by the Twitter user @Quote_Soup: “Bad things happen: — Every day. — To everyone. The difference is in how people deal with it.”

This couldn’t be truer. In 2014, we should find a blend between the past, present and future. Don’t forget who you are, what you have and all the good that you have in your life.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Telus, Moose Jaw Cultural Centre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatchewan Mosaic Stadium

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