Recently, we opened and assembled an early Christmas present such that we can keep active this winter. I ordered this spin bike on the day that the Omicron variant made the news. When the pandemic began we put our YMCA gym membership on hold thinking that soon we would be back. Then our expectations shifted and we planned our return to the gym in three months, then six months, then a year, and now who knows. So we chose to bring a little of the gym into our home.
One of the challenges is space. Where to put a spin bike in a 1,200 square foot condo. We chose the living room such that we can participate in Apple Fitness+ on our TV.
Today’s photo shows the YMCA on a quite Sunday afternoon. This branch is in Uptown Charlotte and is connected to the Overstreet Mall and all of the office towers. As a results on weekdays the scene is much busier.
Today’s photo is a metaphor for my New Year wishes. Specifically, the idea is starting the new year on the right foot.
My New Years wishes include the hope that our elected officials will govern wisely with humility and kindness. Hopefully they will reflect on the positive benefits diversity brings to our society. And that the decisions they take will be for the benefit of everyone. That their decisions and actions take long term impacts into account such that the environment will be protected for future generations.
Also, I hope that companies retain the best practices implemented to satisfy government regulations. And that proposed corporate tax reductions are put to uses which benefit all stack holders including the employees.
In addition, I hope that individuals continue to make immigrants feel welcome. Remembering that most of our ancestors were immigrants. Also, I hope that we find the wisdom to ignore fake news and support our established media organizations.
I personally think it is important we preserve and exercise our first amendment rights. And that when we exercise our freedom of speech that we do so in a civil manner.