Saturday, December 31, 2016


“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My last blog suggested that we all look ahead and think of goals we’d like to accomplish in 2017. Asking the simple question, “Next year this time what do I want to be able to look back on and be proud of?” is a great start to planning.

However, you can also benefit from looking back at 2016 and asking three simple questions: 
- What am I proud of (accomplishments)? 
- Who am I thankful for? 
- What am I glad is over?

I have a few things I’m proud to have accomplished this year. 

There are some folks who, during difficult times, have been extraordinary friends. 

The last question may seem negative, but it comes more from a sense of relief, escape, and freedom.

And yes, I’m so damned glad to get out of 2016 I feel like I’m running for the county line with my pants on fire.

Here’s the question: What are you glad is over? Take that sense of relief, say a toast to it tonight at midnight (or whatever your personal midnight is ‘cause you know some of you will never make it to 12 am), and move on.

So, 2016, SEE YA! Wouldn’t want to be ya!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

So, I was trying to jump over the hood of a Porsche and....

If you watch a human of almost any age try to jump over something—a toy, a stream, a fence, a large bonfire or the front end of an expensive car (wait…maybe that was just me in college)—we’ll usually back up a few steps to get a running start.

Every year, my attitude about this week, the time between Christmas and New Year, is that it’s a running start for the coming year.

For a lot of folks, though, this week is a throwaway—literally and/or mentally; it’s kind of a no-man’s-land in terms of work depending on what you do. 

If you have a great job you might be able to take the whole week off. Or, this could be just another work week for you. 

But, what if you took a little time this week to not just fantasize about what would happen if your favorite team made it to the National Championship Game (again, maybe that’s just me), or why no one this Christmas was smart enough to know what you really wanted was the commemorative poster of Charlie’s Angels (no comment), but you spent, oh, maybe an hour or two coming up with some specific goals for 2017 and a couple of steps that would get you closer to the goals?

What do you want 2017 to be like personally, professionally, physically, spiritually, financially, socially, and intellectually?

Pick a couple of areas and simply let your mind roll around in them. And remember, don’t set your goals too low…you might be amazed to discover how far you can jump if you get a running start!

(I made it over the bonfire…didn’t make it over the expensive car’s hood)

Have a great and safe New Year!!!