We’ll take a cup of kindness yet.

It was a few years ago on New Year’s Eve and as the ball dropped, I started to cry.  It had been a truly horrible year for me personally and what made it worse–the year before that wasn’t that much better.  The ball dropped, the clock struck midnight and all I could think was “there’s only one way to go and that’s up.”  I’ve been thinking about that moment a lot the last few days because 2012 was such an amazing year for me.  Life is simpler now and I am finding enjoyment in smaller things.  I think that’s a sign of the times.  With all the pain and suffering in the world and so many down-trodden, the best thing you can do is turn to the simple things and make memories that last forever.

There are many people out there who will shed tears at midnight tomorrow because they are going through much of what I did a few years ago.  Whether it’s a lost job, a death in the family or anything else that is causing a great deal of stress–my heart goes out to you.  Trust me when I say there really is only one way to go but up.  Things can and will get better, but you have to take it one day at a time.  It’s cliche, but so very true.

I’m not big on new year resolutions, because I think it sets people up for failure.  We spend so much time trying to get thin or to quit a bad habit that we lose focus on the big picture.  Last year, I didn’t make resolutions, but I did set for myself one major goal which I am happy to say I met with flying colors.  This year I have decided to set another goal–to seek the good in life and focus far less on the negative.  Negative energy is such a destructive force and it clogs up our inner spirit.  If you pay attention to the world around you, I am certain you see what I do.  We’ve lost our collective soul.  People are angrier, more impatient and less attentive than ever.  It’s a sad reality in a world that is moving 300 mph.  Simple kindness is often seen as revolutionary, when in fact it’s easy to give.

Maybe if the world had more random acts of kindness and attention to detail, it would be a better place.  The time to start is now.  It won’t change overnight but your life will see positive change if you focus more on being happy and helping others.  At any rate, this is my goal for the coming year–to be of service to others and to be more focused on making the world around me, one person at a time, better.

I learned a lot this year about people.  If there is one thing that stands out more than anything else it’s that everyone, regardless of their situation in life is rich, but so few know it.  You don’t have to have money to be rich.  I have two of the loveliest children ever created, who continually amaze me with the things they do and say.  When they smile or giggle I feel a sense of overwhelming joy.  That is what I took from this past year.  I have everything a father could ask for in my children.  I can’t wait to experience more with them in 2013.  It is my sincere hope that each and every one of us finds that thing in their life that makes them rich.  For some of you, it will take some deep soul searching–I know this well.  For others, it will be a simple exercise of opening your eyes and taking notice of what you have.

From my family to yours, I wish you the happiest of new years.  May 2013 bring you much happiness and a great deal of memories you will remember forever.