The start of a New year is always a mixed set of emotions. On one hand it’s a continued step into the unknown; on the other it’s full of potential and excitement.
I’m not one for New Year Resolutions, but I’m definitely one for setting personal targets and for reviewing the past year and seeing how I can make changes for the better. Of course, we never really know whether the changes we make will be for the better: only time and experience will tell.
My major personal target for this year is to continue striving to ensure that what I say matches what I do. Integrity in business and personal life is key to the success of developing new relationships and maintaining (and strengthening) those I already have.
I hope my business will continue to develop and I intend to do what I can to help that process. I hope for greater happiness this year. I hope for personal development and success for my children as they branch out into new fields and careers.
I dream for a restful holiday, away from it all, when I can enjoy time with my family and children. I dream of travelling abroad. I dream of undertaking new challenges and completing some old and ongoing ones. I dream of staying healthy.
But underneath all of these hopes and dreams, I’m the same person, with the same frailties, habits, tendencies, fears and insecurities. There are plenty of things that could conspire against me. But I know that much of what happens to me is out of my control. I can control certain things, but other things will happen whether I want them to or not: they’re in that part of life which seems to creep up and, unexpectedly, delivers good or bad.
I’m thankful that whatever my future holds, I’m held by the God who made me. He knows what will happen and He knows the way through it. He’s given me life in 2011 and together we’ll find a way through that, despite me and my foibles, will hopefully enhance the lives of others and myself in the process.
Happy New Year!