Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Some Parting Thoughts...

Tonight we say goodbye to a 366 block of days known as 2012. Exactly one year ago most people looked ahead to the year that was about to begin with parties or reflective moments. Some made resolutions of which few saw those goals come to fruition. And some--as either a a joke or a legitimate concern--thought the world would never see 2013. They were wrong.

I look to the upcoming year like I did a year ago...with cautious optimism. After the U.S. elections in November, I told a friend that I don't believe things are going to get better. My friend disagreed. We both hoped things would improve, but I don't think they will, generally speaking. I hold this opinion because of history. Societies tend to fall when they make the choices we are making and we've proven that we're no more intelligent than those who came before.

For me personally, 2012 was a good year. I read a lot of books. I wrote in this blog everyday (which, considering I spent a week with my son at scout camp is quite an accomplishment...). I got back on stage. There are, of course, things I would like to say happened, but I'm also glad to be able to say that there were things that could have happened--things that have happened to other people--that didn't happen to my family.

As I looked out my office window today and watched the snow silently fall on an empty parking lot, I thought about what New Years means to us all. To the sun above the clouds and the moon orbiting the earth, it means's a day like every other. So why do we turn this particular 24-hour period into such a potentially life-changing event? It's because we're people and we think we know everything (see paragraph #2 above...).

To all my friends and family, I hope the next 365 block of days known as 2013 will find us all better--better to ourselves and to each other so on a day exactly one year from now we will look back with as few regrets as possible. And the sun and the moon and the earth will be there to support us all. God's speed...


  1. A lovely post. Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks Heather! And I see you've been writing almost everyday for the past couple of months! Good for you! Hopefully you've enjoyed the writing! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. Your sons in scouts huh?... Cub-Scouts (or Boy Scouts) I take it? Mine is also in Scouts (Boy Scouts in his case) and seems to be enjoying it (especially since he moved up from Cub Scout to Boy Scout).

    Sounds like you've had a busy and productive year. Hope 2013 is also productive and filled with blessings and joy. Be sure and keep up with your wonderful writing. Enjoy reading what you come up with for the Blog Hops :-)