The year 2022 is on the horizon, and, once again, I refuse to make any new year’s resolutions. I don’t believe in them because I would never keep them. But that won’t stop me from wishing and praying to see something different happen in 2022 from what I’ve seen over the last two years. Resolutions you can make happen, but with wishes and prayers you just have to hope that 2022 will be a better year. I think we can all connect to some of the following while others are strictly personal. Here’s some of my hopes, wishes, and prayers for 2022. What are yours?


  1.  I hope to avoid all political discussions. I’m tired. Let someone else fight it out.
  2. A few years ago, I wished I had more time to read. I pray I find myself so busy in the new year visiting people face-to-face that by the time the fourth quarter of 2022 arrives, I’ll be wishing I had more time to read.
  3. I look forward to driving over the Fort Duquesne Bridge at rush hour and getting stuck in a traffic jam.
  4. I would like to see myself taking dress shirts to a cleaner at least once a month again.
  5. After having had a knee replaced a few months ago, we hired a company to cut the grass. The knee is healing, but I really hope someone else still cuts my grass during 2022.
  6. I pray that we may we get back to the time when the people you saw wearing masks were bandits.
  7. I hope that in this new year the mandate question will go away. If you want to argue if you’re for or against mandatory covid shots, rest assured that you will always have someone to argue with.
  8. I wish I could stop worrying about the food delivery services stealing my french fries, but I can’t.
  9. As the year ended, I saw some empty shelves in my grocery store. That doesn’t happen in the USA, or, at least, it shouldn’t. I hope that becomes a thing of the past.
  10. I look forward to ZOOM meetings becoming a part of our history like 8-track players, pay phones, and pet rocks.


I hope we’re coming out of the worst of this COVID tragedy. The above may seem a little light-hearted for such a serious subject. If you feel that way, I’m sorry. I’m sure we’ll be hearing stories about the hardships that we’ve gone through for a long time like our ancestors talked about surviving the Great Depression.

There’re not many good things to say about this journey except that we’ve gone through this mess together and the lucky ones have survived. Here’s to hoping and praying for a better, normal 2022.

By Tom Pollard