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A to-do list for a great summer

Drew Werner

How quickly time passes. Another school year has disappeared into our memories. Perhaps it is human nature to look backward. Hindsight is always 20/20, isn’t it? George Santayana, a U.S. philosopher, once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Wise words indeed. Nevertheless, looking forward is the act that gives meaning to our lives. Perhaps it is just the family doctor in me, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It was with those thoughts that I wrote the following article for the St. Clare of Assisi School newsletter. This is for all our young people, or all those young at heart.It would be easy if I was writing this in September. Didn’t you ever have to write or tell what you did over summer vacation? Then it struck me. Life doesn’t happen by accident!I say that to my patients all the time. Would you jump off a ledge without looking to see how far down the bottom was? Would you cross the street with your eyes closed? Would you get in a car with someone intoxicated? Would you smoke a cigarette? Would you use drugs?I hope your answer is no to all of them. Each of those things is a dangerous thing and if you don’t pay attention to it, something very bad could happen before you even know it. I’m a positive person, though, so rather than think of the negative, I would rather focus on the good things we can do. Here we go then, my list of what I am going to do over summer vacation:- I am going to read at least two books just for fun.- I am going to ride my bike, and ALWAYS wear my helmet so I can be sure to ride another day.- I am going to say at least one nice thing to someone every day.- I am going to hope for a sunny day and be glad, too, when it rains.- Even more important, I’m going to tell that to God every night when I pray.- I’m going to remember to put on sunscreen during the day, and DEET when the mosquitoes are biting.- I am going to keep in touch with friends and try to make new ones, too.- Every day, no matter how good or bad, I’m going to think of something I’m thankful for because everything comes from God.- I’m going to try my hardest and do my best in everything I do.- I’m going to try to help others do that, too.- I am going to church every Sunday because God calls me to that and it helps me be a better person.- I am going to have FUN!I hope you can think about my list and how it might work for you, too. What can you add to make your summer the best ever? Remember a great summer won’t happen by accident. Add to my list, post it on your fridge and have a great summer.Dr. Drew Werner of the Eagle Valley Medical Center writes a weekly column for the Daily. He encourages health questions. Write him by e-mail to editor@vaildaily.com or c/o Editor, Vail Daily, P.O. Box 81, Vail, 81658.


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