Visions for the New Year

vision“What are you doing New Year’s Eve?”

Donny Osmond asks me this every year and I never tire of hearing his lyrical tenor voice sing this coy invitation to me in my earbuds as I vacuum up the residue of Christmas.

Sadly, I’ve never been able to reach him to confirm a date to ring in the New Year, but I did see his show in Vegas and got to meet him backstage. He’s as handsome and charismatic in person as he is on stage, though shorter than expected. I shouldn’t have worn the 3-inch heels that perfectly match my favorite red dress to meet him because I felt like the jolly red giant next to him in the pics we snapped. If only he would have worn his platform purple boots we’d have looked perfect together.

I wish I could count on a date with Donny every New Year’s Eve because I never really have definite plans for the holiday.

Our family doesn’t have any particular traditions for New Year’s Eve so we’re usually scrambling last minute to figure out something festive to do. We manage to have a good time, most of the time. We’ve had some serious duds though and I hate it when a holiday goes bust.

Everyday life is tough enough, so is it too much to ask that a few special days a year be epic? Or at least semi-epic?

I know, I know, my husband continually cautions me about setting myself up for disappointment with unrealistic holiday expectations, and I’ve tried to temper the visions of sugarplums dancing in my head but it’s hard.

After all, isn’t that what all those “law of attraction” gurus teach? Isn’t that The Secret, to visualize what you want in life so the powers of the universe align to make it happen? It obviously worked for those authors who visualized the millions they’d make off a slew of suckers, so why can’t it work for me to produce an annual rockin’ New Year’s Eve without Dick Clark/Ryan Seacrest and my couch?

I just don’t get how the formula works. I recently heard an interview by an Olympic gold medal gymnast who said she couldn’t believe she actually went to the Olympics and won because she never dreamed it would happen. However, I’ve visualized standing on top of an Olympic podium thousands of times. I have my entire free skate routine set to David Foster music choreographed in my head, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Jim Carrey professes to be a big believer in the law of attraction. He once visualized receiving a check for $10,000,000 and seven years later he did for his role in Dumb and Dumber. I wonder if he also visualized two divorces, one broken engagement, a break-up with Jenny McCarthy, and a recent wrongful death suit from his girlfriend’s husband.

The fact is we can’t control everything no matter how much we hope, wish, pray, dream, or visualize. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do all those things because I do believe they make a difference. When I found that red dress on a clearance rack I visualized myself wearing it on New Year’s Eve with Donny Osmond. May your visions for the new year come halfway true too.

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