Bernard Meltzer said, "Happiness is like a kiss, you must share it to enjoy it."
I had so much fun sharing kisses this past Christmas season. At the stores, I saw different flavored Hershey's candy kisses -- cherry cordial, candy cane, mint, almond, caramel, cookies 'n' cream and more. Each time I'd spot another flavor, I had to buy it.
I ended up with a lot of Hershey's kisses, and I decided to share them. I put four different kisses in a snack bag and attached a tag saying "Merry Christmas, kisses from Opal." I handed out kisses everywhere I went.
If someone tells you not to eat something because it's too sweet, just tell them it's OK to celebrate with sweets once and a while, but I can find something to celebrate every day and any time of day. Why, I even celebrate getting up in the morning.
I'm happy the holidays are finished, but I enjoyed them very much. There were so many delicious foods, treats and snacks to taste it was hard to make sure I ate what I should. Thanks to those who saved me with fresh fruit gifts.
When the New Year came, I felt I would be able to open the door and walk into the new year with 2011 left behind. However, the trouble is I'm playing catch up. I didn't get everything finished in 2011, so I have to bring it along with me into 2012.
I will make fresh lists for the new year, putting the most important at the top of the list, but this is a problem.
How can I prioritize the many things I consider important? How can I distinguish if my health, personal finances, church, obligations to organizations, family or friends is the most important? They all seem important to me, and I try to put them all near the top.
What do I do when I feel "uptight," can't get anything done, can't concentrate and my mood ring has turned greenish yellow? I ask the Lord for help, and he tells me to relax. So I stop, fix a cup of tea, pick up my fill-in puzzle book or maybe read a book.
This Christmas season, I read a novel titled "The Christmas Clock" by Kat Martin and "How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas" by Jeff Guinn and enjoyed both of them.
When the holiday weekend extends to include Monday, I always get mixed up. Tuesday seems like Monday. It takes several days to get back to normal.
Another thought just came to mind. What can I do with all these 2011 wall calendars. They are full of beautiful pictures from sunsets to flowers. I hate to throw them away, so I end up keeping them. I guess that makes me a calendar collector.
Speaking of calendars, I've started filling in my 2012 daily planner I carry with me. I want to share with you some dates coming soon. Maybe you can come and enjoy these events as a spectator or participant. Call me at (785) 726-4432 if you have questions.
* The first senior social for 2012 will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Center for Health Improvement at Hays Medical Center, 2500 Canterbury. There will be bingo and refreshments.
* The annual Snowball Festival and square dance will be Jan. 20 and 21 in the Fort Hays State University Memorial Union.
* Square dance lessons are from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at Reed Center, 317 W. 13th. All ages are welcome, and participants are to wear casual attire. Call Peggy Anschutz at (785) 637-5542 for more information.
* Annual groundhog supper is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at St. John Lutheran Church, north of Ellis. There will be pancakes, sausage and eggs.
Time only goes so fast. "The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes and hour, whatever he does, whoever he is." -- C.S. Lewis. So let's get ready to enjoy every minute of 2012. Happy New Year to all.
Opal Flinn is a member of the Generations Advisory Group.