It’s half past three in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve. I’ve spent some time in the office taking care of a few things – organizing. The January calendar is set up and ready for the appointments I have in the first two weeks. The whiteboard has project priorities. There is order to my work space.
On a personal note, the checkbook is balanced (yes, I do this at least once a month and recommend it for others). The big home projects for the coming year have been discussed and prioritized. To close 2013, I feel the completion of 365 full and rich days. Even those with tears and challenges brought something.
It was a good year personally and professionally. I am so proud of my son and husband for their accomplishments and letting me be on their journey just as they have rooted me on during mine.
There were goals achieved and others still undone. Will I recommit to the unfinished? We will see.
I have grown personally in knowledge and wisdom. Sometimes I feel my age and sometimes my life experience. One truth is that I will never stop learning.
As we turn the last page of the calendar, may we do so with all of the optimism a new year brings. May we breathe in the freshness of 365 blank days and look forward to all of the activities and people who will fill them. God bless you and carry you through each one of them.
I’m pretty sure that January first is the most optimistic day of the year. For most it’s a holiday; a day without a schedule. One person wrote that it was their first “stress-free” day of the year. Unlike starting a new page on the calendar, we start a new calendar, 365 days free from all the obligations that will come with the reality of tomorrow.
Today, many will make resolutions and set goals; some of which will stick and they will be better for it. No one ever resolves to take up a bad habit or sets a goal to gain 10 pounds. The resolutions and goals are positive changes of general self-improvement.
Today we look forward with hope with tunnel vision toward the good that coming days will bring. Will all of the days be as “stress-free” as today? Not a chance. But today there is hope for more good days than bad; more successes than failures and wisdom enough to appreciate both.