Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014

I noticed last night while celebrating the new year's arrival with friends and drink, kissing, watching the ball fall, and fireworks;  that it arrives with a sense of hope that it will be better than the year just departed.

I have to be honest though, last year was a good year for me. Sure, there were some definite low points and I don't want to dwell on them, but overall the year was a pretty good one for me and for my family. 

If I measure the year by things, there were a lot of good and new things for not only myself--but my immediate family too. New places to live, new vehicles, new stuff of all kinds.

But the measure of success should not be in the things--it should be in the quality of the relationships. Last year was also good in terms of relationships, but there are some that do require a bit of work. I've let some relationships run along on autopilot and they need a touch of personal intervention. 

Therefore, most of my resolutions revolve around improving the quality of my relationships with family and friends during 2014.

One resolution that I am making, however, is that when 2015 dawns I would like to do it aboard a cruise ship in the Bahamas!  We will see how that one works out. Palm trees and warm breezes as far more preferable to cold winds and leafless trees.

Welcome 2014 and may this year be the best year ever, not only for me but for all who dare to dream.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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