In spite of the consistently bleak reports coming out of the nation’s capitol about the state of our economy, I’ve had yet another great year in my business. I know others who can say the same. I consider this evidence that the economy has definitely improved, and continues to do so.
On a personal level, 2012 was a tough year. Losing my father was very difficult for me and my family, and the flood that wiped out my office at that very moment presented me with additional challenges, but my wife and I weathered the storms of loss and grief and come out better for it. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have such great family and friends, such awesome clients and opportunities, and a message that excites me each time I speak or conduct a training program.
But I’m not blind, and I am aware that while I’ve been very fortunate, others are much less so. The fact is, for many people I know and many I don’t, I know that 2012 has been a rough year.
When bad things happen to good people (like you and me) the challenge is to rise to the occasion or stay steady on course in the midst of the buffeting circumstance. Yet stopping to assess the situation, I hope that you, like me, find that the difficulties don’t exceed the good, and for the most part, it’s still a good case of so far, so good.
Now, as the leaves finish their fall, as days get shorter and temperatures get colder, as we’re drawn inside either physically or emotionally to be closer to that sense of hearth and home, it’s once again that time of year to stop and take stock of what is working, what is rewarding, and what is happening that’s worthwhile in our lives. It’s a moment to fill ourselves up with what lifts us up and inspires us, to take note that no matter how rough things are, we get more great when we stop to appreciate. No matter what you’re dealing with, tomorrow always holds the promise of a better day. But to get there, we must start here, on this day, in this moment, receiving the gift of life that is the present.
I’m thankful for your readership and support! And I’m thankful for every opportunity you give me to make a positive difference in your life. In this holiday season, I hope you will be careful not to overindulge or let yourself get isolated, that you will be wise in the choices you make for the sake of your continued health and happiness, and that you have more than enough fun with friends and family. On behalf of Lindea and myself, we wish you a very happy and gratitude filled holiday!!!
With appreciation and best wishes,