Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hopes and Dreams

It's that time again.  The end of one year and the beginning of a new one.  Once a year it's good to take stock of our lives.  There's nothing wrong with looking at what is working and what needs fixing.  Goals are good, as long as they are reasonable.

The last few days I've talked to people about New Year's resolutions and goals.  It was interesting how many people don't like to call them "resolutions" -- maybe because "resolutions" seem to get broken.  Those same people seem to assess their lives and set goals, however.  It doesn't matter what we call it, there is value in taking a long look at our lives, the people in them, and how we relate to those people.  It is important to look at where we have been and where we are going.  It's good to measure success against failure and revise the plan, if necessary.

Courage is necessary to really evaluate our lives.  There will be some things we won't like about what we see.  The key is to look backwards a few years and realize how far we've come.  As long as there is constant progression, even if the increments seem small, we are on the right path.  There is no need to feel discouraged about what we have not accomplished, for in every life a little rain must fall.  This is a time for rebirth of long forgotten dreams -- a time to throw out the garbage and welcome new challenges.

As we begin the new year, let us revive within ourselves the hopes and dreams of our childhood.  We need innocent perspective once again.  All is not lost.  On the contrary, this is a new beginning -- the dawning of a brand new day or even a brand new life.  We can be all that we want to be.  All it takes is a little courage.

May all your dreams come true.  Happy New Year!


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