Leigh Anne Tuohy for AARP: 2012: A Year to Get in the Game and Make Good Plays

January 4th, 2012

AARP
By Leigh Anne Tuohy
January 4, 2012


Let’s start 2012 out on the right foot, the correct path, a good mindset, have the best intentions, etc etc, etc. No, I’m not going to talk to you about personal resolutions. I’m not going to give you five steps to healthier living or have you add blueberries to you daily food pyramid. Nor am I going to tell you to drink more water, eat less red meat, walk faster or sleep more. However, all those are excellent recommendations; I should try them myself.

What I am going to ask you to do is choose. Choices are what define us as individuals. This past Sunday as I sat in the football stadium in Cincinnati and watched The Ravens warm up against The Bengals (the Ravens won the game if you were curious) and everyone was scurrying about getting ready for the game to start, I thought how much life is really like a football game. I thought we have two options, just like the game I was getting ready to watch. We can either get in the game or stand on the sidelines. For me the view is much better being in the game. But…that is a choice we make.

Being from Memphis, Tennessee, I’m going to use a line from an Elvis Presley song. We need to have “a little less conversation and little more action.” Let’s stop all the lip service about what we are going to do or need to do or are thinking about doing. For goodness sake let’s just do something! I hope that “something” is not just going to have an impact on you and you alone.

2011 was not a good year for many folks. So if you are dead set and determined to do the New Year Resolution thing, then let me point you in the right direction of making good choices. It’s time to take action. Let’s stand up and be loud and be proud! For the most part we are all very resilient so let’s put the resiliency to good use. Bounce back as best you can. Leave the negative feelings and bad emotions behind. Those emotions do nothing but bring us down and keep us living in the past. No one knows your heart but you. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask what is it that you would find fulfilling? Are you happy with your choices? Do you need to make better choices???

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