We didn't fall off the cliff, nor did the world come to an end. Perhaps we should make a New Year's resolution to plan our future with present day calendars and not worry about the government taking care of us and take care of ourselves.
I didn't understand the whole Mayan calendar theory but figured the person who, so many years ago, was in charge of plotting the years and days, had to stop writing at some point. Last time I checked the Mayan's didn't create the universe so they aren't in charge of saying when it will end.
After hearing the phrase "fiscal cliff" so many times over the past month, about a group of people, while holding the fate of our paychecks in their hands, couldn't show the country how to agree to disagree, I realized we had better start taking charge of our own fate. While the government decides how much to tax us, we need to stay focused, so if Uncle Sam decides to jump off the cliff, we don't go over with him.
I don't have a bunker built in my backyard full of food and supplies although I do still have my emergency box mom made me when she thought it was going to all end at the beginning of the new millennium. Two candles, matches, small flashlight and a battery powered radio. Throw in a couple bags of chocolate covered donuts and some bottled water and I'll be good to go.
Dad used to say there are only two things in this life you have to do – die and pay taxes. There's no sense in worrying about whether or not taxes will increase since there's not a darn thing we can do about it. Even Albert Einstein said the hardest thing to understand is the income tax so I'm glad to end this year saying so long to worrying about something that is so taxing.
Even more irritating than someone predicting the end of the world, or a government that can't get along is the fact that so many people let these things affect their lives. The sooner we quit worrying about what everyone else is doing or thinking, the sooner we can focus on the true task at hand – taking care of ourselves.
I'm not making any New Year's resolutions this year, because there hasn't ever been a resolution that I've successfully kept.
I'm taking a new approach. Instead of making promises to myself, I won't keep, I will take one day at a time and try to make the most of it. Whether that means eating a salad or a couple honey buns, it will be a good day.
I'm going to focus on those things in life that aren't taxable – love, happiness and watching the birds.
Page 2 of 2 - Sandy Turner lives in the Kansas City area and writes this column for GateHouse Media.