Rule #1: Not your circus? Not your monkey

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Not for nuthin, but it seems like only yesterday that I was ushering in 2014, and now here I am welcoming in 2015.

My last year’s resolutions didn’t make it past the first week — but I did learn a thing or two in the last 365 days.

I will never be a vegan. I love veggies, but I will never not love chicken, fish, or a good piece of filet mignon.

Yes Dr. Hyman’s detox diet helped, but I couldn’t live forever without a cheeseburger deluxe.

Reaching the last year of my fifth decade, I’ve decided I want a do-over.

Saving that new outfit for a special occasion is pointless. Why buy it if you are not going to wear it right away? Enjoy it right now and create that special occasion today — there may never be another chance.

I rediscovered my long-ago love of jewelry making and bead crafting.

Self-help books only help if you plan on self-helping. If not, don’t bother and save the money.

Most often your body knows how to heal itself better than any medication ever could. You just have to give it the opportunity.

My grandmother was right: “If you go out with your own bag of troubles, you come home with the same bag,”

My mother was right: “You won’t know until you become a mother yourself.” I really didn’t understand that until I had a child of my own. My little one is 21 years old now, and I really have to let go — but I really don’t want to.

The old adage of “The older you get the more you sound like your mother” is so true, and so annoying.

Chocolate is truly a super food. Why did I fight it for so long?

A good friend is hard to find, but once found is invaluable in your life.

A Polish proverb: “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” It gets me through every day.

And no matter what twists and turns your journey takes, if you have enough faith in the steps you take, in the end they will lead you to exactly where you are meant to be.

Not for Nuthin™, I’m offering a few tips for 2015: May you always trust your own steps, have faith in the wisdom of the ages — and your inner voice — and listen to your mother, she’s always right.

Most importantly I wish for all of you a new year full of joy, happiness, and health. Remember it’s not your circus, they ain’t your monkeys.

Follow me on Twitter @JDelBuono.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues every Wednesday on E-mail her at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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