Another Year Down the Drain

Cancun Sunrise

December 31, 2011.  The last day of the year.  New Year’s Eve.  Wow, where did the year go?  Another growth ring on the tree of life, so to speak.  Was it a good year or a bad year?

I like this time of year, for several reasons:  1) Christmas is over.  There’s more good things about Christmas than bad things, but I’m always relieved to get past the whirlwind of activity.  2) Football Bowls.   Not as much fun as they used to be when the bowl games got increasingly more meaningful the closer you got to New Year’s Day, when the five major bowls were played, and the national champion emerged; sometimes the outcome was in question until the final play of the Orange Bowl, which was always the last game.  But, hey, its Bowl Season, its football, and that’s a good thing.  3) New Year.

I’m not wild about New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year.  If you haven’t “made your mark” for 2011 by now, its too late to start now.   (Geez, maybe that’s why people drink their brains out on New Year’s Eve, trying to forget the failures and disappointments of the last 12 months.)  No, its January 1st, the first day of the year that I like … a clean slate.  Like a beautiful sunrise, the first day of the year is filled with hope, promise, dreams, enthusiasm, optimism and anticipation of a better year ahead.

Every morning I ask myself what I’m going to do to make this day count.  So, to me, New Year’s is the first of another 365 “fresh starts”.

Thought for the Day:  There’s never enough time, unless you’re serving it.          Malcom Forbes

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