My 2021 Choices by Heidi Hirsch
In 1859, Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
Here we are at the end of 2021 and the similarity is alarming.
This year, more than ever, it is the choices that we make that we shall reflect upon.
We continue to rise from the worst of our times. From this we shattered despair and strengthen determination. We step out of our fears and comfort others. That, what was hoarded, was shared. Hope grew, flourished, and survived. Our weary rejoiced in the sound of laughter. Many were lost, many were found. The human spirit — victorious.
As I look back on this year, the freedom to make choices, and the choices I made defined where I stand today.
My top ten GOOD choices of 2021:
10. I tore up my “To Do List.” I realized that there will never be a “Done” list. I created the list — I can destroy the list!
9. Spending more time in the Oculus playing golf and less time in the real world.
8. Getting out of my own way leads to great opportunities coming my way.
7. De-clutter my home, my life, and my thoughts. Releasing “I should have”, I’ll do it on the weekend”, I might wear that someday”. Donating to thrift shops really does make you feel better!
6. I thought the best food on the planet was cheese and macaroni from the box. I realized that I had a choice — I could load up on junk food and watch my health deteriorate or step up and take control. Instead of gaining the Covid 30, I dropped the life-long 80.
5. I complained a lot about the homeless crisis. I decided instead of complaining to take some time to understanding and look for solutions. My friends and I went to visit Hope of the Valley Tiny Homes for Homeless. We learned about the real work that is being done on the street not the political houses of government. Learn from those that have their boots on the ground. To donate or learn more: https://www.hopeofthevalley.org
4. Instead of doing it tomorrow, do it today. Tomorrow will be today and it will just continue.
3. If you don’t have time to treat yourself, stop what you are doing. Make room for you!
2. Re-connecting with a greater sense of self.
1. Taking care of my health and choosing protection.
Along with all those solid choices, I also made a few not-well-thought-out ones. It’s good to be honest with yourself, so I bring to you four of my really excellent BAD choices from last year!
4. Just because you have a ladder, it doesn’t mean you should use it!
3. Appliances will give you warnings. Ignoring them is setting yourself up for running around in the middle of the night looking for the water shut-off valve.
2. So, apparently getting a Covid Booster AND Flu shot at the same time, probably not so wise.
1. Watching the policeman on a motorcycle and while keeping an eye on him, you go through a stop sign. The next thing you see is him turning on the red lights behind you. THAT was a very expensive bad choice.
More than ever before, I believe our country will come together by the choices we make. I believe that Charles Dickens said it best, “Make your choices well.”
Keep your light shining bright!
Happy New Year to all!
Heidi Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area. She is the Executive Producer for Invitation To Tomorrow Today a newly launched consulting firm. When she is not working towards bringing the future to the present, her domestic responsibilities include attending to the demanding animals which at last count were, Koi and two very noisy birds, Sweet Pea and Charlie Parker.