. . . I'm back in the saddle again . . .

Well, well . . . after what seems a brief eternity, I’m back at the typewriter.  I don’t know about you but the holiday season washed over me and swept me out to sea.  The last two weeks have been so over-the-top hectic that, unfortunately, my computer didn’t get turned on for days at a time.  And sitting down and being psychiatrically creative??? Wasn’t in the brain cells.  But . . .

Here we are.  January 2008.  My how time flies.  And like you, I have this overwhelming sense that it is time to shoo the snowflakes from my shoulders and get back to business.  And what better way to start the new year but my own version of the nauseatingly omnipresent LIST OF NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS!!!

Nnnnnaaaaaa.  I won’t do that to you.  I want to put a few thoughts on figurative paper, however, because the turn of the calendar is a nice place to reassess how you approach life and relationships.  This piece is, perhaps, more for my own benefit than for yours . . . but indulge me.  The next few weeks are key to this process of change, because if, by January 15th, all goals are abandoned, it will be increasingly hard to re-harness the energy to make the changes that will benefit you and those around you.  And in thinking about what direction I want 2008 to take, I only have to turn around and look behind me to see where I DON’T want to go.  More than in most years, the last year has been a year of learning about myself.  A few non-lethal medical issues have made it clear to me that I have to take better care of myself.  I have to eat better, exercise more and get more sleep.  Keeping track of all that I want to accomplish professionally has also been a challenge.  This blog, for instance, has taken up time but also produces for me a sense of great satisfaction.  I need to be smarter and more organized in my work.  The fruits of increased organization are, hopefully, more time to spend doing other things I love to do.  I want to spend more time with my family enjoying music, games, nature, etc.  I also plan on being more aware of energy-draining circumstances and to not allow myself to get sucked in to situations that end up leaving me feeling drained.  For me, recharging my batteries also includes attention to my spirituality, so that needs to be part of my every-day commitment.

Above all, I want 2008 to be a fun year.  I figure, if I get to the end of a day and I haven’t done anything fun that day . . . what was the point??? So mixed in with the everyday working, problem-solving, meal making, house-cleaning, kid-driving, pet sitting chaos that life is . . . I’m really going to try to have some fun.

I hope you will, too.

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