As the sun sets on another year

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As I sit and ponder the past year, I can’t help but wonder what the next one will bring.

Another one behind us. Another 365 days in the books. Gone, but not forgotten.

I try not to dwell too much on the past, because about the only thing that is useful about doing that is to learn from your mistakes.  You can’t change the past, but you can use those lessons and try to apply what worked, and what didn’t work, in the future.

With so much bad news and divisiveness in the world today, it would be easy to say good riddance to the past year.  Last years burden really isn’t any different than the one before it, or the one before that one too – or, any really.

Every year is full of both ups and downs. To many people, the downs out number the ups, – so, the year is labeled a “bad” year. To some, the year is a “good” or “great” year – as perhaps that person had achieved a milestone or goal that they had been trying to achieve.

In reality, the year most likely was a mix of ups and downs, with a bunch of mediocre times folded in between.

We seem to focus on the emotional highs and lows, and forget the in-betweens. That’s a normal thing to do, right? The in-between times, tween the weekends, holidays, and special days.

To me, the times where living a normal life, day to day, is the true measure of a year. It’s in the day to day moments of living that a person often takes for granite all the wonderful gifts that they have been provided.

It’s in the day to day living that you have more opportunities that you can count, to be kind to others.

And, I’m betting that if you were to add up all the positive experiences that occurred in your life this year, that they would vastly outweigh the bad ones. It’s just that the bad ones seem to stick longer in the memories, and the good ones are too often forgotten.

The new year also brings a whole batch of new choices and opportunities.

The start of each new year is welcomed with tremendous excitement and hope. New goals and aspirations. A fresh start. Not a do over.

My wishes for everyone this coming year, is to continue to try to choose wisely. Time will measure the effectiveness of your decisions. Don’t dwell on the past. The past cannot be redone, like a mulligan on the 4th hole of a golf course.

May your new year be filled with successful opportunities, and wonderful in betweens.

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