I'm 60 years old and I made my first New Year's resolution.
I resolved to be positive around my granddaughters. The reason? I despise negativity, even when it's warranted. I especially dislike whining.
Whining begets whining.
Sure, we all have bad days, bad experiences. But feeling bad doesn't necessarily warrant negativity. Why would I turn my bad day into a bad day for my grandchildren?
For the most part, I am a very happy person, and I credit a good deal of my happiness to being around my granddaughters. Even the sound of their sweet little voices over the phone makes my heart skip a beat.
But on rare occasion I've found myself being somewhat negative around the girls. Maybe it's been after a hard day at work or when I'm rushed. And I notice that they always notice.
"Mom, are you mad?" my 6-year-old granddaughter has asked me. It makes me want to fall through the cracks of the floor when I see that I caused a worried look on her face.
Long after I'm gone, when they think of me, I want them to remember the joy we shared. It's that very memory I have of my own late father. I want it to be my legacy, too.
So, I toast the New Year and my granddaughters with a glass half full. Though it won't always be easy, I'll make sure the glass is never half empty.
Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...