The Only New Years Resolution You Need

These are the lines from one of my favorite movies, City Slickers, where a middle-aged man goes to a dude ranch to participate in cattle drive and find meaning in life.


Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? [holds up index finger]
Curly: This.
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that, and the rest don’t mean squat!
Mitch: But, what is the “one thing?”
Curly: [smiles] That’s what YOU have to find out.

OK, hold that thought.

It’s now 2017 and many of my friends are making new years resolutions. It’s an interesting process.

One of my friends says that he needs to lose some weight. The problem is that he resolving to do better while eating his third tub of pie.

Another friend is promising to become better organized. I know she has newspapers and magazines in her basement with headlines that read, “Will Nixon Resign?”

Let’s be real. Will these happen because you made a new years resolution?

What about my new years resolution?

Well, I only have one resolution. Yes, just one.

And, that’s to be relevant.

Back to Curly and Mitch… that is my one thing.

Staying relevant means knowing what’s going on around me, being aware of my surroundings and being active in my life.

Each day, 10,000 people become seniors and this will continue for the next 20 years.

That’s a lot of seniors. Can you imagine the imprint we can create by being ‘doers’ as the commercials say?

Maybe we can become the second greatest generation by simply staying relevant in our world – staying active, being active and looking for opportunities.

What opportunities? Tell me “Carnac, the Magnificent, what is that opportunity?”

That’s what you have to find out.”

Take my advice for what it is…It’s just, AS I SEE IT!
PS  For you youngsters out there, Carnac was a mystic played by Johnny Carson.

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Leonard Baer is an elder law and estate attorney with offices in the Highlands, NC and Wellington, FL. His specialty is the prevention of elder abuse, particularly those who are victim to fraud. Visit his website

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