Here’s to you surviving another holiday season; hopefully without incident but perhaps with friend or family or maybe it was just a quiet one at home, perhaps with an acquaintance or two or a few phone calls to catch up. Maybe it was by yourself and you are glad it has past or you don’t celebrate the season; all these are realities and that’s what keeps it interesting. So, is this the point that we talk about resolutions for 2018?
For me, probably not. If there is something you should be doing like stopping smoking, losing weight, getting more sleep, being kinder to small animals – it’s all stuff you could start any time of the year and have an equal, if not better chance at achieving your goals. If you do have a desire for a resolution, perhaps taking better care of yourself and then those around you – kind of an overarching resolve that covers just about everything. Maybe throw in a dash of kindness; one of the most distinguished of human strengths that thanks to the miracles of modern social media, we can actually observe our society losing this trait like sand through the hourglass.
I’m not sure who studies this kind of stuff; perhaps social anthropologists, but they must be having a field day watching how social platforms and various forums have degenerated to the point where even if you say something thoughtful, someone, somewhere is going to jump on you with a nastiness or vitriol that didn’t exist a few years ago. Or at least wasn’t as exuberantly expressed as it is today. While there certainly is a lot of good out there, the “not so much” seems to be tipping the scale the other way and it’s like watching a car accident in slow motion – not sure how it’s all going to end but it’s not going to be pretty.
Ok, change of polarity back to positive as we work on gathering our thoughts here to roughly sketch out our direction for the year. Our deadline for the Spring/Summer issue of the Leisure Guide is at the beginning of February; subsequently our programmers have learned to gather quickly plus we have some pretty hefty projects in the works such as the Skatepark Phase one, the Parks and Rec Masterplan process and the new Recreation Software Program being implemented this year. Each one of these is quite substantial on their own so this promises to be another pretty busy year coupled of course with the day to day requirements that are needed to make your experience with us as seamless as possible.
So, if you got snowshoes or skis for this or previous Christmases – get out there and enjoy yourself along with the outdoors. If you are finding things a tad slippery but still want to keep those joints limber, the walking track is there exactly for that reason along with the pool and other amenities. If you are not a winter fan at all, take solace in the fact that we are now adding a full two minutes of daylight these days.