Norm Nicholls: Bring a little cheer to the holidays
December 9, 2008
Kudos to the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus for its weekend production of “Songs of the Holidays and Community Sing Along” featuring its excellent rendition of “Gloria” by John Rutter.
We attended Sunday’s performance at the Resort at Squaw Creek. The ball room was packed and I would guess numbers of more than 500 enthusiastic listeners.
Special recognition goes to directors/conductors Susan K. Horst and Chris Nelson; soloists Pamela Moutinho and Meghan Powers; pianist Sandra Carlson Davis; and to the members of the University of Nevada, Reno Brass and Percussion Ensemble, which gave of their time to make this year’s Christmas production a memorable one.
And, of course, congratulations and thank you to the 50-plus members of the community chorus for your spectacular musical presentation … well done and thank you for bringing us the joy and spirit of Christmas.
Let’s start feeling good. While reading the article, “Squeeze every dollar,” in last Wednesday’s Sierra Sun, it didn’t take long to feel concern after reading, “The economy is tanking, fending off collapse, unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty, a small boat on stormy seas, continued volatility,” etc.
The article was a very good one and the insights of the professionals who were interviewed were well thought out. The reality that our world is changing and our lives are being affected is true. Unfortunately many people have taken on the psyche of doom and gloom and feel despair, uncertainty, and helplessness. These feelings can only make matters worse and can definitely affect you both mentally and physically.
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Ask yourself if your cup is half-full or half-empty. Are you feeling good about yourself, your relationships, your friends, your job, the well being of your body? Remember Franklin Roosevelt’s quote “… that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
“Your life is right now! It’s not later! You might as well decide to start enjoying your life right now, because it’s not ever going to get better than right now … until it gets better right now!” (excerpted from firstname.lastname@example.org dated Dec. 5, 2008).
If you are feeling despair, or even if you are not, I suggest you take time out during this holiday season and think about how lucky you are to live in this beautiful place; think of all the good times, your families, your friends, your pets; remember how your body feels when you are feeling good; just focus on what makes you happy.
I have decided to begin a “feel good” list of things to do to keep my spirits up and to stay on a positive plane. The first item on my list is to call five to 10 people before Christmas that I have not talked to in a long time. People that were an integral part of my life in years past but that time and distance have separated us. I believe this will be a “feel good” thing to do and hopefully it will rekindle some old friendships.
I have also committed myself to living the “Optimist Creed” which reads:
“Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”
Merry Christmas from Norm, Alan and Alice Nicholls!
Christmas Trees: Early sales of Christmas Trees at the Optimist Club and Boy Scout tree lots are ahead of last year’s volumes. The selection and quality of the locally cut trees and imported trees from Oregon are excellent. Remember that these lots are staffed by volunteers and that all profits go to the kids in Truckee. If you have not yet selected your tree, get on down to the lots.