Gary Moore: The optimism of a new year

December 28, 2018 GMT

The endless possibilities of 2019 are almost upon us. I am looking forward to this new year with optimistic enthusiasm and a belief 2019 will be my best year ever. How about you?

Let’s look back at our passing year. How would you describe your 2018? Maybe, much like Charles Dickens?

“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; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.” — Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

It seems like Dickens was describing our 2018. Wait ... now that I think about it ... it sounds like every year of my life.

There is good and bad and positive and negative in every situation. It always is a matter of perspective. Some see light, while others see darkness. Others see progress, while others see failure. What we see when we look at any life situation is a matter of choice. I always choose to find the optimism in every situation. To do otherwise is self-defeating. So, for me, I choose to focus on the best of 2018, while I enter 2019 believing it will be even better. That is my choice. What will you choose?

“Nattering nabobs of negativism,” Vice President Spiro Agnew is famously quoted, but it was a Richard Nixon speechwriter, later turned columnist for the New York Times, William Safire, who created the quote. He put the words into the vice president’s mouth as a response to Agnew’s treatment by the press.

How you choose to look back at 2018 largely will color how you see 2019. Are you a “nattering nabob?”

It’s easy to make plans and resolutions for a coming year that is a blank slate, but reality sets in Jan. 1, when it occurs to you the resolutions you make only happen if you make them so. Then, the voices in your head remind you that last year was the worst of times and that life is stacked against you. Those same voices will tell you that your resolutions are not possible and that if you try, you will only fail. With this kind of rhetoric bouncing around in your head — unchallenged by positive resistance — you drop your resolutions and you are off to another year.

Here’s the dirty little secret. If you listen closely, you will realize that the voices of negativity in your head sound just like yours. The best resolution you can make for a new year is to change the conversation in your head and become a …“perpetual purveyor of positivity.”

I’ll take credit for this quote. I was raised in a positive home. I was taught to look for the good and the positive in every situation. I understand that others were not, but as I have said many times in this column, optimism is a choice we make. You choose to be the nattering nabob of negativity or the perpetual purveyor of positivity. The first choice encourages depression and failure, and the second choice creates happiness, optimism and encourages success.

Will you join me and choose to be optimistic in 2019?

That voice in your head will try to convince you otherwise, but 2019 can be an outstanding year in your life. I am not talking about looking at life through rose-colored glasses. I am not asking you to pretend that the negative doesn’t exist. Good and bad coexist on this Earth, but it doesn’t mean we have to engage in both. Choose to believe you can, not that you can’t. Make the choice and commitment that 2019 will be your best year ever.

Thank you!

This is my last column of 2018, and I am looking forward to a positive and prosperous new year for us all. I am grateful you choose to join me here each week, and I hope you continue to come back. I am sharing an optimistic view of life, and I’d be grateful if you would tell others about this column and share it with them. We all need a weekly dose of positivity. I am counting on you to help me share the word.

I pray that God will bless you and yours in this coming year and that the voice of truth will ring loudly into your heart and mind.

Happy New Year!