A Christmas Wish; A New Year’s Toast

Curt-lineby Curt Kovener

As I am taking some traditional time off to decompress, I wanted to send along some holiday year ending/year beginning life sentiments.

•May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise.

•May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastro-endocrinologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber and the IRS.

•May you find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere on construction congested I-65 during rush hour in less than an hour, and when you get there may you find a parking space.

•May Wednesday evening, December 31, find you seated around the dinner table, together with your family and cherished friends, ushering in the New Year ahead. You will find the food better, the environment quieter, the cost much cheaper, and the pleasure much more fulfilling than anything else you might ordinarily do that night.

•May you wake up on January 1st, finding that the world has not come to an end, the lights work, the water faucets flow, and the sky has not fallen.

•May you go to the bank on Friday morning, January 2nd and find your account is in order, your money is still there and any mistakes are in your favor.

•May you ponder on January 4th; How did this ultramodern civilization of ours manage to get itself traumatized, mesmerized, and constantly focused on technology which occasionally frustrates us with a slip of a blip on a chip made out of sand.

•May what you see in the mirror delight you, and what others see in you delight them.

•May the telemarketers wait to make their sales calls until you finish dinner, and may your check book and your budget balance, and may they include generous amounts for charity.

•May you remember to say “I love you” at least once a day to your spouse, your child, your parent, your significant other; but not to your secretary, your nurse, your masseuse, your hairdresser or your aerobics instructor.

•May we live as intended, in a world at peace and the awareness of the beauty in every sunset, every flower’s unfolding petals, every baby’s smile and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart.