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Happy New Year!

We finally made it! It’s now officially 2013!

Smokey isn't impressed with the New Year hype.

Smokey isn’t impressed with the New Year hype.

Personally, I’m off to a great start. The cold that had me sidelined for the past week seems to have given up in the face of the New Year and is about 80% gone. In my little corner of the world, that’s a fine start.

Feeling better, I got a few things done with my computers and radios. Some of my efforts didn’t work, but at least that means I’m that much closer to getting things set. I now know one more thing that doesn’t work. (Note to self – make note to self about efforts that didn’t work so I don’t repeat them.) Edison claimed he didn’t fail a thousand times, he merely discovered a thousand ways NOT to make a light bulb. If it’s good enough for Tom Edison, it’s good enough for me.

As you might have gathered, I’m not a big one for New Year’s Resolutions. I find there’s always something to try to do better pretty much every day. Here’s my focus for today – It seems like it has been grey, dreary and rainy forever, but a big part of that perception was because I was fighting this cold and didn’t pay attention to the sunny days interspersed with the grey ones. It’s easy to pick and choose things that fit into our mood or state of mind and ignore those that don’t. I’m going to try to notice the good things, like a sunny day, even if I can’t personally enjoy them. So on that note,

Happy New Year, everybody.

The Coming New Year

There is really nothing special about the change from December 31 of one year to January 1 of the next. The sun goes down, the sun comes up. However, we’ve used the change of calendars as a reason to try a little harder to do things better – hence New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s good to take time to examine how we’re doing and make adjustments. The hardest part is determining how we’re doing – we are all terrible at evaluating ourselves. We’re conveniently blind in some areas and overly harsh in others, but that’s okay. The important thing is to make the effort.

However, here’s a thought. This year, along with resolutions to eat less and exercise more, look at something you do reasonably well and try to do it better. If you’re a good listener, that’s important, give yourself credit and figure out a way you can be a better friend or a better parent through your listening. If you’re the patient soccer mom or dad who drives your kids everywhere, maybe use that time to get to know your kids and their friends better.

Build on your strengths next year as well as correcting your weaknesses.

And above all else, have a wonderful and blessed new year.