From the Cluttered Desk... by Dr. David Davis

The remote control society

May 14, 2019



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"Where's the remote? Has anyone seen the remote?" Ever heard that question? Sure you have. We live in a society that can't function without a remote control.

Ever notice when the battery gets weak in the remote that instead of putting in new batteries -- we just mash the buttons harder and slap the remote around?

Sure - I am old enough that there was no such thing as a remote for the television set. That's right! We actually had to get up and walk to the television to change the channel to either NBC, CBS, or ABC.

In fact - we didn't have a color TV growing up. My dad fell for the plastic color screen that you taped over the TV screen. That's right - green at the top, red in the middle, blue at the bottom -- which meant people had green faces, red clothes, and blue feet. But someone made millions of dollars - probably Ron Popell - the Ronco guy! He went from that to selling you 999 knives for $39.95.

There was no FOX, ESPN, HBO, TV Land, Cartoon Network, MTV, and 140 other channels that are now available.

We settled in on one channel and watched the program. Back in the day it was almost a Saturday night ritual for most homes in America to watch Gunsmoke. Of course we were also attached to Bonanza and the Cartwrights on the Ponderosa. I was always fascinated with the map that burned up on the screen at the start of the show.

On Monday night came the television series when David Jansen starred as Dr. Richard Kimble in the hit series The Fugitive (ABC, 1963-1967). That's right - they chased him for five years before the final episode to discover his innocence.

The remote control society has developed to say a lot about who we are as a society and as individuals.

We love to be in control, to push all the buttons, to mute others when needed, to turn others up or down. There is something about this modern television device that says a lot about us.

We live in a culture that is increasingly opposed to what we believe and one that is busy at work to re-educate young minds away from traditional moral values.

I'm amazed as I watch Judge Judy in the afternoon and see parents sue their children for a few hundred dollars. No wonder the Judge often says, "America has gone down the toilet!"

What does this say about our society? Here are three truths that speak about our remote control society.

I. Principle #1 — don’t give in — be resistant

The tendency is to give in to the culture around us and to go its way.

II. Principle #2 — don’t give up — be consistent

The tendency is to be overcome, overrun by the culture and simply to give up on trying to uphold basic principles of living right. It is not enough to simply be resistant; we must also be consistent.

III. Principle #3 — don’t give out — be persistent

We need to engage our culture and make a difference in this world. Why is it that we so often give in, or give up, or give out? Could it be because of the remote control syndrome, that tendency we have to want to control everything?

Persistence is the key to everything we do in life. Persistence. perfection. patience. power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.

Old friend Robert said, "Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end."

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From the Cluttered Desk... by Dr. David Davis

A few helpful tips

May 6, 2019



On occasion -- I receive some helpful tips that are useful in every day life. On rare occasions - I receive some tips that find their way quickly in File 13 -- if you know what I mean!

Some tips I receive I label: The noise you make when you're eating soup.

However - there are some great tips that you might not have ever heard -- so I want to share some from my File of Great Tips!

Did you know?

  • Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. That's how the primates do it.
  • Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem...they ripen faster. (Saw a new gizmo at Wal-Mart that you can hang your bananas on to support this theory).
  • To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat up the eggs.
  • Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat until warm. This keeps crust crispy - no more soggy microwave pizza.
  • Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yokes in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients (mayo, mustard, chopped pickles) re-seal, keep mashing it up thoroughly -- cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg white. Just throw away the bag when finished.
  • Here's a gardening tip: Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about the weeds. Weeds will get through plastic, but not through wet newspapers.
  • To reduce static cling -- pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip or inside your pants and you will not have a clingy skirt, dress, or pants.
  • Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in your glove box in your car. When the windows fog - rub with the eraser...works better than a cloth.

Here are some words of wisdom:

  • No one ever chokes to death swallowing their pride.
  • He who burns his bridges better be a great swimmer.
  • It's hard to soar like an eagle when you're dressed like a turkey.

Old friend Robert said, "We are judged by what we finish - not by what we start. If you win - say little; If you lose - say less."

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From the Cluttered Desk... by Dr. David Davis

Calling for tech support

April 30, 2019



A few weeks ago -- I had a problem with AT&T and had to call one of those 800 numbers. We live in a day and time where we never talk to a real person -- at least initially. We have to go through the recorded voice list. You know -- press 1 or 2 or 3, etc. depending on your need.

Whoops! I forgot -- you had to say English to let the recorded voice know what language you wanted before you started punching numbers.

I think the term is called "outsourcing" which means "sourcing out." It's a trend that started years ago in manufacturing, which is a business term that means "making things." It has been many years -- but there was a time when Americans actually made things called "products" right here in America.

I remember, as a kid, some things were "Made in Japan" -- and we laughed at that and considered it a cheap product. Not any more!

After we stopped making things, America became a "service economy" which is a business term meaning "an economy where it is virtually impossible to get service." But now even our service industries are being outsourced. Take for example, "technical support" which is the department you call when you're having a technical problem and need to be placed on hold. Today, when you finally get through to a human, he or she is often in a different country.

Which brings me back to my call for "tech support" for AT&T.

There is good news and bad news.

The good news is: The foreign tech support people are smart, educated and eager to help, and they speak English. My call to AT&T was finally answered by someone in India.

The bad news is: The Indian spoke in such a way that you understand only every fifth word.

My call to AT&T was forwarded to someone in India who was sincere in their attempt to help me. The only word I consistently understood him saying was "David." I felt like the dog in the Far Side cartoon who's getting a stern lecture from his master, but the only thing the dog understands is his own name.

Tech Support Guy: David, wokm tolied stsport, David. Mgiym nabith semime?

Me: The serial number? You want the seriel number?

Tech Support Guy: Simeym dolsith, David. Beimine laimkk, David?

Me: What?

Tech Support Guy: Sit, David! Lie down! Roll over! Speak David!

We might as well accept it folks! Outsourcing is here to stay. And it's happening EVERYWHERE, including industries that would surprise you.

When you order a hamburger from What-a-Burger, the person who's taking your order is located in the Philippines. Your hamburger is physically cooked by workers in Argentina, the beef capital of the world, then transmitted almost instantaneously to the U.S. via a high-speed Digitized Beef Patty Line (DBPL).

When you take a commercial airline flight, the plane is actually being controlled from India by a 10-year-old girl holding a remote-control stick in one hand and a lollipop in the other. The "pilot" in the front of your plane is a retired security guard whose sole responsibility is to notice when the plane starts shaking and make an announcement that you are experiencing turbulence.

I have decided to start outsourcing my column by foreign humor workers, who, rest assured, are highly trained. You will notice no dropoff in quality as you continue to enjoy the wacky hmogrins of djlvllly iffht hvsmileupdsy not making this up rikgllt ailtods is a good name for a football team.

Old friend Robert said, "You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone."

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From the Cluttered Desk... by Dr. David Davis

Lessons we must learn in life

April 23, 2019



My youngest daughter, Lexis, will turn 28 on April 27. Now that she is a wife and mother of a one-year-old -- it is fun to watch her as she is on the other side of life when it comes to dealing with a beautiful little girl.

Over the past several years -- all of my four children are seeing the challenges I had as a parent. With six grandchildren -- the lessons of life continue. The difference is that my children now have a different teacher.

One day, a teacher gave her class a test. She listed the first part of some famous sayings, asking the students to fill in the rest. The responses were varied as well as humorous. Here are some of the more interesting answers.

    * You can't teach an old dog new . . .math.

    * The pen is mightier than the . . .pigs.

    * An idle mind is . . .the best way to relax.

    * A penny saved is . . .not worth much.

    * Two's company, three's . . .the Musketeers.

    * Where there's smoke, there's . . .pollution.

    * Children should be seen and not . . .spanked or grounded.

    * A rolling stone . . .plays the guitar.

    * A bird in the hand is . . .a real mess.

    * It's better to light one candle than to . . .waste electricity.

    * It's always darkest before . . .I open my eyes.

    * You have nothing to fear but . . .homework.

    * If you can't stand the heat . . .don't start the fireplace.

    * If you lie down with the dogs . . .you'll stink in the morning.

    * The squeaking wheel gets . . .annoying.

    * We have nothing to fear but . . .our principal.

    * I think, therefore I . . .get a headache.

    * Early to bed and early to rise . . .is first in the bathroom.

    * There is nothing new under the . . .bed.

    * The grass is always greener . . .when you leave the sprinkler on.

    * Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and . . .you have to blow your nose.

    * Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and . . .someone yells, "Shut up!"

Well - perhaps today's young people have a little different perspective on life than us older folks. But it doesn't hurt to take a look back and realize that some of the greatest lessons we learned in life came from the simple times of life.

But one thing should never change and that is our appreciation for those that we love the most. Those who are there for us no matter what. But being loved has a greater importance.

Old friend Robert said, "My scars tell a story. They are a reminder of times when life tried to break me, but failed. They are markings of where the structure of my character was welded."

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From the Cluttered Desk... by Dr. David Davis

Down to one string

March 26, 2019



The colorful, nineteenth century showman and gifted violinist Nicolo Paganini was standing before a packed house playing through a difficult piece of music. A full orchestra surrounded him with magnificent support.

Suddenly -- one string on his violin snapped and hung gloriously down from his instrument. Beads of perspiration popped out on his forehead. He frowned, but continued to play -- improvising beautifully.

To the conductor's surprise -- a second string broke. And shortly thereafter -- a third. Now there were three limp strings dangling from Paganini's violin as the master performer completed the difficult composition on the one remaining string.

The audience jumped to their feet and in good Italian fashion, filled the hall with shouts and screams -- "Bravo! Bravo!"

As the applause died down, the violinist asked the people to sit back down. Even though they knew there was no way they could expect an encore -- they quietly sank back into their seats.

He held the violin high for everyone to see. He nodded at the conductor to begin the encore and then he turned back to the crowd -- and with a twinkle in his eye, he smiled and shouted -- "Pagani! And one string!"

After that -- he placed the single-stringed Stradivarius beneath his chin and played the final piece on one string as the audience (and the conductor) shook their heads in silent amazement.

"Paganini...and one string!" And, I might add, an attitude of fortitude.

I believe the single most important significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, circumstances, or my position.

Attitude is that "single string" that keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right -- there is no barrier too high -- no valley too deep -- no dream too extreme -- no challenge too great.

Yet -- we must admit that we spend a great deal of our time concentrating and fretting over the strings that "snap - dangle - and pop" -- the things that can't be changed -- than we do giving attention to the one string that remains -- our choice of attitude.

Your attitude can make the difference in whether you succeed or fail. If you consistently have a negative attitude -- don't be surprised when those attitudes become the dominant tone of your environment.

So -- when your string snaps and you only have one left -- play like crazy to produce a beautiful symphony of music that will pulsate a melody that encourages and excites the people that you come in contact with each day. It will raise you to new heights of existence.

Old friend Robert said, "When the strings of life snap and you are down to one -- hold that one string and scream out "(Your name) -- and one string!" Then play like crazy!

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From the Cluttered Desk... by Dr. David Davis

Simple logic from a simple man

March 18, 2019



I was born and reared in Duncan, Oklahoma -- town of about 25,000 people. Duncan is the home of Halliburton Oil Company. Out of six grade schools -- I went to Will Rogers Elementary. We had other grade schools named after famous people -- Plato - Emerson - Horace Mann - Woodrow Wilson - and Mark Twain. The other schools featured scholars, politicians, and writers. But Will Rogers was a simple man who gave simple answers to life circumstances.

Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash with Wylie Post, was probably the greatest political sage this country ever has known. He was known for his cowboy movies and his dry humor. He had country logic that usually made good sense. His thought process wasn't the same as most people because he saw life from a different set of eyes.

While there were schools that were named after Will Rogers -- I always felt strange flying out or into Oklahoma City since the airport is named Will Rogers Airport. Never made too much sense to name an airport after a man who died in a plane crash.

However -- I thought you might enjoy the wit of Will Rogers.

1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman . . .Neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.

8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them who have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.

12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

Old friend Robert said, "Too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want to impress people they don't like."

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From the Cluttered Desk... by Dr. David Davis

My mom just turned 92

March 11, 2019



It is hard to believe that my mom just had her 92nd birthday. She is doing quite well and was glad I could travel to Oklahoma to celebrate with her another year.

We had fun talking about past years and we laughed about ways to know you are getting older.

Over the past several years -- I have a list on "How to know you are getting older."

So -- I have some tidbits regarding getting older that you might find amusing. Just casual observations for those who hate getting old.

  1. I finally got my head together (though that's debatable), now my body is falling apart.
  2. All reports are in. Life is officially unfair.
  3. I started with nothing and I still have most of it.
  4. If all is lost -- where is it?
  5. It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
  6. If at first you do succeed - try not to look astonished.
  7. The first rule of holes: If you are in one - stop digging.
  8. I tried to get a life once, but they told me they were out of stock.
  9. I went to school to become a wit, but I only got halfway though.
  10. It was so different before everything changed.
  11. I wish the buck stopped here. I could use a few.
  12. It's not the impact of life that concerns me, it's the sudden stop at the end.
  13. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
  14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would have put them on my knees.
  15. Never knock on death's door - ring the bell and run (he hates that!).
  16. Lead me not into temptation (I can find the way myself).
  17. When you are finally holding all the cards, why does everyone else decide to play chess?
  18. If you are living on the edge, make sure you're wearing your seatbelt.
  19. There are two kinds of pedestrians. The quick and the dead.
  20. A closed mouth gathers no feet.

    And finally...You know you're getting older when...
  • You're asleep, but others worry that you're dead.
  • Your back goes out more than you do.
  • You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
  • You are proud of your lawn mower.
  • Your arms are almost too short to read the newspaper.
  • You sing along with the elevator music.
  • You enjoy hearing about other people's operations.
  • You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
  • People call at 9 p.m. And ask, "Did I wake you?"
  • The end of your tie doesn't come anywhere near the top of your pants.
  • (My daughter Lexis' favorite) You wear black socks with sandals.
  • Your ears are hairier than your head.
  • You talk about "good grass" and you're referring to someone's lawn.
  • You get into a heated argument about pension plans.
  • You got cable for the weather channel.

Old friend Robert said, "The best advice is to keep breathing -- If you don't - you're a real goner."

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From the Cluttered Desk... by Dr. David Davis

A gift to be shared all year round

March 5, 2019



One of the "Happy Days" episodes that I will always remember was when the Fonz made a mistake and was faced with having to say he was sorry to Richie. Each time he would build up his courage to say he was "wrong" -- but as he got ready to say the word his mouth wouldn't allow him to formulate the word -- no matter how hard he tried.

The reason why was that the Fonz was never "wrong" - or so he thought. He did his best to say "wrooooooooongggggg" -- but it never would come out clearly.

The fact is - we all make mistakes and to those we have offended -- we need to seek their forgiveness. When I get myself straightened out - then maybe I will be qualified to help someone else.

I believe I have lived long enough to be qualified to say the following.

Because we all fail at times in life -- I believe it should be our posture in life to be willing to forgive before we condemn. The way the media deals with public figures is astounding in our society today -- as if those same people have never made a mistake. I agree that those in the limelight have a little more responsibility as to their actions, but we all fail no matter the size of our audience.

It seems that we live in a world where forgiveness is not a high priority in life.

Now the entire world has at their disposal social media to express their thoughts no matter how insane some of the thoughts are toward others.

One thing for sure -- forgiveness is on the short list of most people.

Mark Twain once said, "Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it."

I have found that 'forgiveness' is a word that applies to me in seeking and granting it. There are times that I have to seek the forgiveness of those I have offended. At other times, I must grant forgiveness to those who request it from me. Pity the person who does neither; who thinks they have wronged no one or are above righting a wrong they may have created.

As our relationships deal with others, it is interesting to see how people deal with others when a mistake has been committed.

There are two kinds of people -- the responders and the reactors.

The responders are those who know how to think things through and put themselves in the shoes of those who have committed the mistake. They have an immediate spirit of forgiveness instead of a spirit of condemnation.

The reactors are those who immediately fly off the handle and usually end up saying things they later regret.

As a reminder - each year we celebrate Easter to hear those eternal words spoken in love from the cross, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Those words still echo across the heavenly skies.

Old friend Robert said, “Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. If you cannot forgive and forget -- pick one."

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From the Cluttered Desk... by Dr. David Davis

The second mile in life

January 21, 2019



As a parent - we are always seeking to teach our children the right way of doing things. It is only natural, particularly for teenagers, to do the minimum.

My youngest daughter, who is now married and has a one-year-old daughter, was a social butterfly when she was growing up. She has always been very thoughtful and caring, but she also has a mind of her own.

One of the few chores she had at home (a term used by old people from childhood) is to do the dishes. That means once a day...not when she felt like it or when both sinks were piled full and we are having to eat off paper plates.

There were times she was walking out the door and I reminded her she wasn't leaving until the dishes were done -- which means I got to hear the purse slam on the floor and a few huffs and puffs. But at the least the dishes got done.

Now that she is a mom -- she has already started to let us know how she is going to lay down the law with Leighton. We'll see!

The phrase "going the second mile" has found its way into our modern jargon. It has its roots in first-century Palestine. The Romans had conquered much of the known world. One of the marvels of their conquest was a vast system of super highways which they had built to and from their conquered territories. There were over 50,000 miles of these Roman roads throughout the empire. At each mile was a stone marker.

The New Oxford English Dictionary calls them "guide stones." These guide stones pointed direction, determined distance, warned of dangers and each one of them had the miles to Rome etched upon them. Hence the phrase, "all roads lead to Rome."

By Roman law a Roman citizen could compel a subject from one of the conquered lands to carry his backpack, or load, for him for one mile, but one mile only.

Guide Stone #1 - The mandated mile – motivated by law

The first mile is always the hardest. Ask the distance runner for example. But if it were not for the first mile, there would be no possibility of the second mile. We live in a world where many do not even make it to the first mile marker. That is, they do not even do what is required of them at the office, at home, at church, at school, or wherever. The first mile is vitally important. It is what makes us function. It is that which is required of us.

Guide Stone #2 – the miracle mile – motivated by love

This mile is motivated by love and respect. What is it that separates some from others in the world of athletics? The second mile, doing what is required and then some. What separates some from others in the arts or in education or wherever? It is this principal of the second mile.

You may be required to carry someone's load the first mile. You have the right to stop. But the true act of love for others is going the extra mile when you don't have to. Why not try it? The one you help will be grateful and you will have joy in your heart that the world can't give.

Old friend Robert said, "One of the most important principles of success is developing the habit of going the extra mile. The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does."

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From the Cluttered Desk... by Dr. David Davis

Life is measured by what you have learned

January 15, 2019



One thing I have a hard time with is being around people who seem to be so miserable. Do you know what I mean? When I think of that first sentence -- my mind immediately goes to a couple I saw a little over a year ago at a sporting event. I don't know their names - but I have never seen them smile, but I sure have seen and heard how miserable they are by the way they have talked to others -- especially people they don't know.

I am a firm believer in laughter and making others laugh. It seems that no matter where I go -- I find myself around people who feel the same way. Yet - when those who are miserable enter the room -- they continue to wear that scowl on their face and it doesn't take long for them to feel uneasy in their surroundings and leave.

Someone once said, "If you say you are happy -- then make sure you tell your face so others will know it."

I love the word "joy" and it should translate into happiness. But I have also learned that "joy" is an inside job. There is no way that you can express outward joy unless it begins inside your heart. You can't manufacture it. You certainly can't be in a room full of people who have joy and try to fool others because those who have inside joy can spot a fake a mile away.

My mother-in-law is named Joy. My oldest daughter is named LeJoy - which means "The Joy!" My one-year-old granddaughter is named Leighton Joy. All three are a joy to my life.

I have spent years collecting things that "I've learned..." Perhaps a few more will bring joy and peace to your life.

  • I've learned...That money doesn't buy class.
  • I've learned...That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
  • I've learned...That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
  • I've learned...That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
  • I've learned...That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
  • I've learned...That love, not time, heals all wounds.
  • I've learned...That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
  • I've learned...That there's nothing sweeter than holding your grandbabies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.
  • I've learned...That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
  • I've learned...That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
  • I've learned...That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
  • I've learned...That I can choose how I feel.
  • I've learned...That when your newly born child or, in my case, grandchild holds your little finger in their little fist, that you're hooked for life.
  • I've learned...That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs in the valley.

I trust that you are experience great blessing at the start of a new year. May 2019 be your greatest year ever as you continue to learn life's lessons.

Old friend Robert said, "They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."

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From the Cluttered Desk... by Dr. David Davis

Four reasons our resolutions don't work

January 8, 2019



Four reasons our resolutions don't work

The health clubs and the spas, do they love January! And beyond probably. Business skyrockets when December bulges turn to January workouts. The infamous New Year's resolution: A resolution according to the dictionary is "A firm decision to do or not to do something." Unfortunately, research shows that about 88% of our resolutions won't happen.

It's not that we aren't sincere; we want to improve. We want to be healthier. We want to spend more time with the family, get out of debt, do better in school, clean out the junk in our house, maybe in us. So why do our great intentions so often end up in failed commitments?

Number one, we're not specific.

Goals have to be more than just general intentions. "I'm going to get in shape." "I want to make more of a difference." Those intentions probably won't succeed. We need to be more specific and measurable enough to give a person a decent shot at really changing.

Here's the second reason I think we fail. We're not accountable.

A resolution between me, myself and I is just too easy to forget. But when you announce to several key people the commitment you've made, you've put yourself on the line to do it.

Here's a third reason that our resolutions fail. We give up too soon.

You know, babies learn to walk by a process that I call "step ... boom!" They fall down, but they don't stay down. They get up! Next time it's "step, step, step ... boom!" Until one day they're rocketing across the room. My one-year-old granddaughter, Leighton, is now going through that process!

Sadly, when we fall down in our effort to do better, don't we often just stay down? But one day's failure is just one day's failure. One day - keep it that way. Get up and keep walking!

And the final reason - maybe the most important of all - why we don't improve like we want to improve is we've got a power shortage.

Especially when it comes to the changes that really matter, like breaking the cycle that's hurting the people you love, conquering that dark part that's brought you down again and again, moving beyond the pain of your past, attacking that fatal flaw that has cost you so much.

We may joke about various resolutions, but deep in our heart, we long to change or adjust some attitudes, actions, or habits that we don't like about ourselves.

I have decided that I am going to exercise. Certainly not the same way I did when I was playing college football -- but I am going to do more than lift a fork to my mouth.

A few years ago -- my kids bought me a new bike. I haven't ridden it much -- so then they decided that I needed a stationary bike. That way I can't make excuses about the elements being too hot, too cold, too wet, etc.

I did ask them to get the kind where I can hang a bag of chips on the handle bars on one side and a bag of candy on the other....OK - I'm just kidding.

Over the past two years, I have lost over 20 pounds so I am on the right track. I would like to get rid of a little more so I hope that I will see that happen in 2019.

Old friend Robert says, "What the New Year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the New Year."

Here's to a most blessed New Year and watching Judge Judy while riding on my indoor bike!

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