Yesterday my wife and I spent the evening with some good friends and had a wonderful dinner. This morning I reflected on the meal and decided to break it down as a little New Year’s Resolution List for myself. It may work well for others, too. So take this to heart with love and kindness to all.

 

The Appetizers:

Jalapeño Poppers – It’s okay every once in a while to spice up your life.

Deviled Eggs – Kick that bastard, the devil, to the curb. His negativity, his distractions, and his temptations are of no use to you.

Roasted Bell Peppers – Ring in the new year with joy and happiness.

Kalamata Olives – Start eating a bit more of a Mediterranean diet. I need to lose a good 20 lbs. My muffin top is starting looking more like a spare tire. (It’d be hilarious if we actually had muffins. LOL)

 
The Main Course:

Crab Legs with Drawn Butter – Be less crabby. And, to others who are crabby to you, butter them up with kindness.

Steak – Put a stake in the heart of negativity. And stake your ground when your honor and your principles are being challenged.

Wine – Be less whiny. Yeah, life can be tough. But, so what. We all have rough days and heartbreak. Instead, lift up a glass filled with joy. If you look closely, you’ll see that your cup overflows with blessings.

Tossed Salad with Raisins & Walnuts – Toss out the old habits of the past. Raise up your spirits. And it’s ok to be a little nutty.

 
The Utensils:

Knife – Cut through the bullshit that life throws your way.

Spoon – Use heaping spoonfuls of love to conquer all.

Fork – To quote a famous Yogi Berra-ism, “If there’s a fork in the road, take it.” Don’t be afraid of change. There will be times when you will be forced to make a decision, make a change, presented with a new path. Pray on it, then take a confident step into a new direction. You’ll be surprised by what may be just around the corner.

 
Dessert:

Key Lime Pie – You’ve been handed the keys to success and you may not even realize it. So, use them. Unlock the possibilities for your life.

Homemade Apple Pie – What’s more American than that? So fight for the good in this country, and stand up for the common sense and constitutional foundations that built this nation and made it great to begin with.
The Toast:

 

No champaign, but I did have a can of fizzy Izze – So, be more bubbly. Rise to the occasion. And be an example of the risen Lord.

It’s not easy. It’s all a work in progress. But don’t be discouraged. Continue to have hope, because to be without hope is become selfish.

And, finally, spend more time and/or remain in regular and close contact with loving family and good friends.

 
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous (if not in wallet, at least in spirit), and joyful 2016 (and beyond) – in faith, in hope and in love!

~Trubador