Making Things Happen in 2013

In a couple of hours, the clock will strike midnight, ushering in 2013.  This is a quiet New Year’s Eve for me – just finished watching a wonderful PBS special from Lincoln Center. The New York Philharmonic paid tribute to Marvin Hamlisch in a medley of his most famous music.

Honestly, when did this holiday become so important to everyone? I wish a fairy godmother would sprinkle some gold dust on my head at 12 o’clock and make all my dreams come true, but that is not likely to happen.

So, here is the deal. I’ve got to make things happen myself. And instead of reflecting back on 2012 and all the things I could have done, I’m excited to look forward. I owe this resolution to my brother Carl, and I’ve been making it pretty successfully for a number of years. Maybe this resolution will work for you, too. Here it is:

No more coulda, shoulda, wouldas

I coulda done that if I tried.  I shoulda done this and it would have made such a difference in my life.  I woulda done that if only I had (fill in the blank).Jan. 1 New Year's989XSmall

Anguishing over what could have been is such a time waster and morale killer. I’m not a perfect person and no doubt my business could be better, my life could be better and I could be better.  But you know what?  I’ve got it pretty good.  I’ve learned, as if I didn’t already know it, that I am blessed with a wonderful family and friends. They are more precious than any amount of money.

The New Year brings with it new challenges for me. I’m looking forward to what will be, not at what could have been. So ring in the New Year. Life is looking good. Hope yours is, too.

Happy New Year!

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