Ana Veciana-Suarez: Fresh In February: Know When To Hit The Reset Button

By Ana Veciana-Suarez
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As columnist Ana Veciana-Suarez points out, “One of life‘s great lessons, usually learned while stuck in a deep pothole, is all about knowing when to hit the reset button. That skill, of course, requires not only surrender but also a stop to whining and wallowing.”

Tribune News Service

About six weeks ago, as we welcomed the new year, I turned around to The Hubby in bed and mumbled words that I still, despite indications otherwise, want to believe.

“I have this gut feeling that 2018 is going to be better,” I said, trying hard to keep my eyes open after skipping out on a raucous family party. “I really, really feel it.”

My reasoning was this: It would take little to improve on 2017, which had been rife with disruptions on almost every front. I envisioned the coming 12 months as a bit more peaceful, a bit less crazy. I didn’t expect to win the lottery or publish a mega-bestseller. In short, I truly wasn’t pining for much.

Well. Well, well, well.

So far 2018 has been … not what I anticipated. I don’t want to label it just yet, but I hope the past 30 plus days aren’t a harbinger of the rest of the year.

I kicked off 2018 with the flu, a nasty bout that made my whole body feel as if it had been run over by an 18-wheeler. Then just as I was recovering my elderly father ended up in the hospital with, yes, the flu and pneumonia. Three weeks in a rehab facility followed.

And those were the “smaller” events that have delivered me, staggering, sleep-deprived and in a foul mood, into February.

Nevertheless I have high hopes for this month. And the next, and the next, and the next.

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