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It’s a new year after all…..

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As I write this I am very tired after celebrating yet another new years eve.  Surrounded by friends and family, I am reminded that without them, well life doesn’t matter.  I am a lucky man to have a terrific wife, 2 awesome daughters and a core group of friends and family.

So at this time of year, millions of people make new year’s resolutions.  While there is no official statistics to back this up, I would estimate that less than 1% of people follow through the entire year with their resolutions.  I should know.  I have been making and breaking resolutions for as long as I can remember.  But you know what?  It doesn’t matter.  The first week of January must suck for the tobacco, alcohol and chocolate companies.  Maccas and Domino’s sales must drop due to all of the new health kicks being started and gym memberships at places like Goodlife Health Clubs (gratuitous plug) must really kick off.

If you make a new year’s resolution then why break it?  It doesn’t matter whether your resolution lasts for a week or a month or the whole year.  The 1st of January each year is an opportunity to start a new.  It’s like spring when the trees start to get their leaves back.  It’s like a summer storm washing away the dust and grit from the pathways.  It’s like holding your new baby for the very first time.  It’s time to start again and leave behind the ashes of the year gone by.

Everyone gets a clean slate on January 1.  Well except for prisoners and those who have yet to pay for their crimes.  It’s a chance for all lawful people to start again.  It might not last all year and if it does, then WOW, that is an achievement.  So long as you are making a fresh start then all is good.  Take the time to make someones day.  Smile and be courteous to those you deal with at the stores even if they don’t return the favour.  A smile can be contagious and who knows, your positive attitude today may become someone else’s tomorrow.

Try and stick with your resolutions.  See how many days and weeks and months you can go.  Don’t make 2010 a year of what ifs and if only’s.  On December 31, 2010 when you look back at the year that was 2010, what will you see?  A year of wasted opportunities or the definitive moments of your life?    I’m hoping for the latter.  I hope you are too.

So what are some of your 2010 resolutions?  What were your 2009 resolutions that didn’t quite work out?  What was a 2009 resolution that did work out?  I would love to hear what you have in store.

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