My wish to you is that 2009 meets, and exceeds, your goals and desires.
I have set my resolve to focus on the people that are an active part of my life. This includes my wife, her family, my Mom and Step-dad, and of course my friends here in Spotterville :o) I will continue to reach out to those family and friends that we have become somewhat distant with, but that is a secondary objective. One thing that is exciting is that we know we will be meeting a few of our fellow Bloggers this year.
My goal is to spend more time in the yard this year, getting our veggie garden back to health, putting in a flower garden with waterfall, and working on our forest path. The added benefit is that this falls right in line with being healthy and getting excercise.
At work, I plan on focusing on the things I really need to get done, that add value, and not sweat the smaller things. There are lots of things that we can do to help make our workdays fun and less stressful, thereby improving our overall quality of life.
Last, but certainly not least, I will continue to search out ways that I can give back. A book I read several years ago (Halftime, by Bob Buford) has the following premise: "One of the most common characteristics of a person nearing the end of the first half (of the game of life) is that unquenchable desire to move from success to significance." I am certainly transitioning to the second half in this wonderful game of life, and truly look forward to the significance focus.
Picking our focus areas, where we can have the most impact, or get the best return, is certainly better than chasing the wisp of our pasts, wondering "What-If." I find the view through the windshield is much better than the rear view mirror. Happy New Year, and wishing you Health, Prosperity, and Happiness.