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January Jottings from the Helm
by Rhonda Brewer, 2015 Commodore
New Year’s Resolutions! We all make them and then often promptly break them. Over the years I have made many including probably the most popular-eating more healthy foods, exercising more, watching less TV and reading more. Very rarely have my efforts lasted more than a week or two. The only resolution I have been able to keep is returning my shopping cart to the corral in parking lots. I have been doing this for five years, and, so far, the shopping cart gods have rewarded me-no dings in my car.
This year I ask you to consider making the LPSC the focus of your New Year’s resolution. May I suggest “I resolve to become more involved in the great activities the 2015 LPSC Board has planned for this 2015.” As with all plans, this is easy to say but harder to implement. Let’s think about how we can all make his happen.
First, be motivated and committed. The reason New Year’s resolutions are often quickly broken is because change is hard. However, it is possible to teach old “sea-dogs” new tricks. The first step may be to bookmark the calendar on the LPSC website lakepleasantsailing.com Deedy Payne, our past-commodore and website coordinator, has committed to maintaining and updating the website with the yearly calendar, event details, current and past newsletters, board meeting minutes and membership directory. Also, if you are not already an active member, please consider joining Meetup. https://secure.meetup.com Alan Greatorex, our membership director and Meetup coordinator, updates the Meetup site regularly with new events and new members. As those members who visit the site regularly know, this is a great place for members to suggest events, communicate plans, and post photos and feedback.
Second, make your goal attainable. The LPSC Board members have planned several events for each month including water events-raftups and cruises- and land events such as the spring breakfast and the fall picnic. It is unrealistic to expect you to attend each and every event. I suggest that you pick one or two events each month and commit to them-write them on your calendar, put them in your phone, or jot them down on sticky notes and add them to your refrigerator collection. As Nike says, just DO IT!
Third, know that life will get in the way, and you may not be able to fulfill your commitment every month. That’s OK! If you can’t make to the event you chose, check the calendar on both the website lakepleasantsailing.com and the LPSC Meetup page https://secure.meetup.com to find another. There are many to choose from!
In conclusion, I think it all comes down to “balance.” As parents, employees, online shoppers and yes, even sailors, we tend to live in the extreme. When the wind kicks up, we either pull the sheets in tight and drop the rail OR drop the sails, start the motor and head for safe harbor. May I suggest a third option? As we kick off the 2015 LPSC calendar, set your trim and balance, plot your course to include monthly events, and leave room for course adjustments so that this year you become a more active participant in the Lake Pleasant Sailing Club.
(Earlier “Views” are published in the ARCHIVE category on the sidebar.)