Thoughts and Reflections From a Patriots Fan at Christmas Time

Chris Radez@@ChrisRadezSenior Writer IDecember 25, 2008

First and foremost... I want to apologize to my readers for my lack of recent productivity. I guess I've been more concerned with the State of the Patriots than any type of article writing.

With that being said, I hope everyone reads this entire article and takes it to heart. I've got a lot of thoughts to share which may help you to enjoy your life in the coming year of 2009.

Each and every holiday season, we are all reminded that being around family is important. We're reminded that we've made it through another year, and we prepare our list of things we should do in the new year to improve our lifestyles.

Less than a month later, we accept the fact that our lists can wait until next year, and we justify the lack of time spent with those close to us by saying "everyone is just so busy".

I am not exactly an old man, at 27 years old. Yet somehow, I find myself watching the actions and reactions of folks around me, and I wonder sometimes how people can be so oblivious to what really matters in life.

I'd like to remind everyone that there are some things in life we cannot control. We can't control the weather, which caused power to go out all over Upstate NY just a couple of weeks ago.

We can't control others actions. When somebody is having a bad day, we can't impose our will on them and fix their problems. All we can do is listen and offer advice when asked to do so.

We also cannot control the economy, which has left many folks wishing they could buy more Christmas presents this year.

It seems to have become a common theme for people to live their lives in reaction to their environment, rather than taking action to improve it. What concerns me about this... is that our actions are the one thing that we can control.

When our lives present a twist or turn that we weren't expecting, we have two choices. We can react without thinking, and take the chance of making a bad decision. Or, we can take a few minutes to think about what's happened, and act upon the circumstances based on our own morals and standards.

This basis of thinking applies to all areas of our lives. Every day, you're faced a series of decisions, and it's up to you to make good ones. The more good decisions you make, the more likely you are to be happy with yourself.

I also would like to mention something that I cannot stress enough. It is never, ever too late to turn your life around. I'm living proof of that. All it takes is the motivation to make a difference, and a little bit of will-power.

So much lately, I've seen people who know they make bad decisions all the time. They're unhappy with themselves about this, but are obviously overwhelmed by the idea of 'righting the ship'.

Do not be overwhelmed. You can't change everything at once, but making one change at a time will prove to be easier than you think. You just have to want to.

Here's to hoping that our holiday reminders become year-round lifestyles.

This collection of thoughts turned out to be much more disorganized than I planned for, and I hardly mentioned sports at all... but I hope you've gathered some wisdom from the ideas I've shared with you as we come to the end of 2008.

Go Patriots!