What Was 2014 All About?

Fireworks - pinkI always wonder if the fireworks at December 31/January 1 of any given years is to celebrate the end or the beginning.

We are not too far into 2015 that we should forget the previous year, or even make New Year’s Resolutions. It is my understanding the resolutions made during the month of January are valid for that year.

There are those of my betters who would have me look back on 2014 and reflect on my various blessings. As a rule I ignore suggestions from my betters. But I guess there is still a lingering of the good-will of the Christmas season that influences me to yield to their suggestions.

First of all I’m thankful that I didn’t lose my job. Oh, that’s right, I don’t have a job to lose. Nevertheless, even though I am unemployed I still get phone calls from people whom I have never met who wish to do business with me. They start out by saying something like, “May I speak with Paul Stam please.”

“I am Paul Stam.”

“Just to make sure I have the correct person, may I have your date of birth please.”

Now that immediately implies two things. The first is that I was lying when I said I was Paul Stam. At the same time, I have several cousins and second-cousins named Paul Stam, so I can begrudgingly forgive their questioning which Paul Stam I am.

But to ask me what my date of birth is, is just too much. I don’t remember being born, so how can I remember the date of an event I don’t remember? Now if they ask me what kind of car I own, that I can remember, but I honestly do not remember being born, which may be a deficiency on my part.

I am also grateful that some people love me, or at least like me. The only explanation I can give for that is that they do not know me as well as I know myself. And for my own selfish reason I am not going to do anything to enlighten them as to the real me and I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t either. Make that one of your resolutions for this year. It is not too late to make a resolution.

I am also very grateful that I did not fall down and break my back or spirit. Both backs and spirits are hard to replace. I know there is a blood-bank, but I don’t know of a single back-bank or spirit-bank.

Come to think of it, it has been a really good year. Absolutely nothing I can complain about, but that’s the story of my life – looking back there is absolutely nothing that wasn’t for the better, although I can’t understand why I can‘t remember being born, it was after all, a rather important event in my life. Maybe if I try real hard it will come back to me.

Seriously, I sincerely thank you for following, or at least occasionally, reading my posts here at Second Wind Publishing, and however you view the past year, whether wonderful or a real bummer, I hope that for you; 2015 will be better, happier, healthier and in every good way above and beyond 2014.

Wishing you a great 2015 and Aloha!

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3 responses to “What Was 2014 All About?

  1. A spirit bank would be a cool idea. And I can’t remember being born either. Curious. Is something editing our memories?

  2. Ann Chandonnet

    I moved recently, and I moved six months before that. The fact that I have lived at three addresses in the last 12 months has places like Ikea all-atwitter. They won’t accept my new address for a delivery because I want to pay with a credit card that has not yet posted that address. And, besides, the name of my street does not exist! I am a little bit paranoid about identity theft, but I do not have a common surname. (And after working in a bank, I know some of the tricks to foil potential identity thieves: such as never signing my name the way it is printed on my checks or driver’s license.) Anyway, besides not remembering being born, I’m now supposed to explain why I’ve lived on three streets with improbable names–names that sound as if I’m probably making them up just to cheat Ikea. I don’t know if a spirit bank would help, but it sounds like an interesting suggestion.

  3. Paul J. Stam

    Yes, Sheila, I don’t thinks it’s editing our memories so much as deleting them. And, Ann, I think the spirit bank is the best idea – to both of you, sorry I was late getting back to you – Happy ever aftering and Aloha – pjs/

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