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The New YearPosted Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at 7:34 AM
The New Year is upon us again.
Keep in mind ...
If you are planning to celebrate out, and have not made arrangements for a sober driver, keep my phone number in your pocket -- 812-448-5999. After you have been arrested, have your loved one call me. My office has lots of experience with DUIs. If you have made arrangements for a ride, then ignore the above paragraph. Odds are, that in 2010, you won't be needing me.
I resolve ...
What to resolve for the New Year? I have seriously considered resolving to make no resolutions. I can resolve to lose weight, but I do that most years. I don't think that three to four cigars per year is a problem that rises to the level of a resolution. Next year's career path has been charted for more than the past six months and there is nothing to resolve there at this point.
This year, I think that I will resolve to give my wife a hug and a kiss every morning when she gets home from work. I will try to make sure that my children know how happy I am when they return after straying, even if I have to give them an ear full along the way. I resolve to make time to enjoy the warmth of the sun and the breeze on my face, some of life's greatest pleasures. I resolve to not harbor anger or grudges if mistreated. If something is important enough to get me all worked up, I resolve to pursue my goal to the very end and never willingly give up. I resolve to try to pay attention to life's lessons and turn them into genuine wisdom. I also resolve to be mindful of other people's suffering and try to be comforting even if I am also suffering. I resolve to apply the lessons learned from my dog.
In retrospect ...
As 2009 closes, the pantie bomber, a man who intended to spend eternity with 72 virgins, apparently burned off those parts which may have seemed so important in that version of heaven. Somehow, that seems to speak to much of what 2009 brought. (Insert your own unmet expectations here).
In the coming year ...
I have great hopes for 2010. While there is as much reason to expect the economy, the stock market, the value of the dollar, etc., to improve as there is to expect them to decline, I have a feeling that next year will be a good year no matter what happens in the economy. There just seems to be a sense that people are being more financially responsible and are focusing on things that are more important than the Dow Jones.
Charles Dickens began "A Tale of Two Cities," with: "They were the best of times. They were the worse of times."
Although Dickens was foreshadowing something quite different, I expect that 2010 will provide some of the best of times even though the background may hold elements of the worst of times.
I invite you to resolve to implement the lessons that you have learned this year. Resolve to make 2010 a great year even if things around you are not as you would wish. Be safe and have a Happy New Year.
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