Happy New Year… 2022 – PAZAZ™ Style!

New beginnings are the order of the day. Each year brings hope that the next year will be even better than the last. It won’t be too hard to raise the bar over last year. For many it was a year of discontent with the rule of law being divide and conquer.

Putting all common sense aside we find ourselves in a place where governors are rulers guiding us to the next rung of masks, quarantines, and social distancing mandates. Put a blind fold on and aim for the dart board with all the necessary distractions that will create more sheeple following vaccine protocols to the letter. Interesting that at the restaurant where I work the people that have been adversely affected by the virus are the ones that have gotten the jab and the booster. And you wonder why more people are moving to Idaho where common sense is the rule of the day?

Anyway lets take a moment to say a prayer for those we have lost in 2021. That’s really what’s important… honoring the loved ones whom we shared such special moments with, both family and friends. A void is a difficult space to fill especially when it involves the people we love and care about.

I think the best music and poetry has been written during times like these. Conflict and resolution creates a landscape for creativity that is triggered by adversity.

I remember when I was growing up in Marin County the most important aspect of ones character was determined by how hard you worked, who you were as a person, and how much you gave of yourself to make the community a better place to live. Now the character of most people who live in Marin is determined by not who you are but what you have. Certainly a sad commentary on the societal evolution brought about by the advent of technology and to add insult to injury we couple that with the fractured dissemination of incorrect information with no perceivable interest in science or truth.

Life is not easy during these times even though most of us have turned luxuries into necessities. I would gladly turn the cell phone into a rotary phone, the I-pod into a boom box, and the automatic transmission into a manual transmission. Bringing back the simplicity that has been lost sacrificing human interaction for meaningless tweets and on line Facebook commentary. We now find ourselves at a crossroads seeing the pendulum swing from common courtesy and manners to whatever this is.

There is hope. Through random acts of kindness, instilling manners in our children, and remembering the importance of human interaction, we will get back some of what used to be held so dear. This New Year brings with it the promise to improve our lives by being stewards to those we love and care about. Two other important factors are for us to reach out to those less fortunate and always keep in mind the importance of trusting our instincts to follow our goals and dreams. It starts with each one of us, because if the dream is big enough… the facts don’t count.

Nancy and I only wish the best for you and the hope a New Year brings. May your health be good so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor while living the life you always thought possible.