January 2022


Seize the Days 


You made it to the year 2022.

You've arrived in the future.

I’m not sure how that happened.

It seems like only yesterday everybody was excited about the 1980s (or was that just me and Steve Jobs?).

I still remember the nagging feeling we had that the whole world would shut down after New Year’s Eve 1999.

It’s hard to believe that we’re already two decades deep into the 21st century.

But time is a funny thing.

As a kid, life seemed to move in slow motion. One school day felt like a 40-hour work week and summer days went on forever.

These days, I sneeze and Tuesday turns into Thursday.

I always suspected that time sped up as we aged.

It turns out that I was right.

I shouldn't try to explain it, since I’ve only read a few articles and the science makes my head spin.

But let’s just say that it has to do with the way the brain processes visual information and perceives time. As I understand it, the older we get, the slower we process visual information. The slower processing supposedly makes time feel sped up.

Does that make sense? Of course not.

Because I'm an Economic Development Director and not a Harvard neuroscientist.

I’ll swerve back into my lane and get to my point, which is:

You don’t have to sit back, buckle up and let time take you for a joyride.

It’s always possible to slow things down and savor the moment.

You just need to find a reason to celebrate every day.

Take today, January 26th, for example.

Seems like just another Wednesday, right?

It’s actually National Spouse’s Day.

Never heard of it? Neither have I. But it sounds like a fine excuse to do something nice for your spouse if you have one.

If not, you could raise a glass to Paul Newman or Wayne Gretzky. Both of them were born today.

Or you could just settle in for a night of Netflix to celebrate the 96th anniversary of the first live demonstration of a working television set.

My point is that there is no such thing as just another ordinary day.

Every day is special to someone.

Every day has something to celebrate.

Of course, some reasons are more worthy than others.

I’m all-in when it comes to waving the flag for Waffle Day (March 25), Pizza Party Day (May 25) and Tell a Joke Day (August 16).

But I’ll pass on observing Work Naked Day (Feb 4), Dance Like a Chicken Day (May 14) and Saxophone Day (Nov 6).

If you need some excuses for themed parties, this year marks the 75th anniversary of Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier (Oct 14) and the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s Tomb (Nov 4).

Yellowstone National Park turns 150 on March 1st. Mardi Gras turns 195 on February 27th. And Daylight Savings Time turns 80 on February 9th.

To me, calendars have always looked like crossword puzzles waiting to be filled in.

As we go along, those empty squares get filled with meetings, appointments and obligations. Some days get crowded with tasks, chores and reminders, while other days sit blank.

But all that blank space can get intimidating. Just ask any writer or artist. They’ll tell you that there’s nothing scarier than an empty page or bare canvas.

So why not fill in those blanks? Find something special to focus on for the next 339 squares. Seize those days and enjoy 2022 in slow motion. You've earned it!

My only request? Please give me space on September 7th.

Salami Day is a religious holiday in my house and I will not be answering my phone or responding to email.

Thanks for reading!



Larry Lombardi
Director of Economic Development

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