As we close out 2012 - this is the last edition of the Daily Reporter for the year - we traditionally pause to reflect a bit on the year behind us and look forward, with hope to a new beginning in 2013.
Like many of you, I plan to do a lot of things better in 2013. I plan to drop 100 pounds. I think I said that last year too ... but this year I mean it. Incorporating workouts and healthier food intake, I really want to shed some pounds. While 100 may seem a lofty goal, I'd rather shoot for the moon and clear the barn, than shoot for the roof and hit the barn.
I'm also looking to better organize my personal life, my volunteer life and my business life. It's a work in progress - better yet, a very dangerous construction zone - so I will beg your patience as I do some groundwork and create some disruption.
But first and foremost, my wish for 2013, well beyond my own personal interest and selfish wishes, extends to those around me. Not just immediately, but beyond our borders. To my new friend in Iraq. To my new friend in Australia. To my brother-in-law and all of his brothers-in-arms serving American interests around the globe in some very dangerous places. To the innocent children who seem to be targeted on a regular basis. To those who would do harm to others.
I wish for all a return to humankind. I wish for all the ability to find inner peace. I wish for all to turn to the higher power they worship and ask for blessings for themselves and for their fellow man and woman.
We as a country, and even as a world, have lost our way.
We should be working for peace instead of seeking to foster hate. Don't misunderstand. I have not gone soft. I know our military is out there doing what they are called and trained to do, risking their lives to protect America from those who would do us harm. I don't live in a Utopia. I'm completely aware there are animals in the world who desire only violence and harm. That has to be answered in a language they understand.
But wouldn't it be nice if every other story on the national news didn't deal with murder, raging gunmen, rape or the abuse of a child. I don't know what the mainstream media would do without it, but I'd sure like to find out.
I know, I'm not a realist. I try not to be when I can avoid it. Actually, I try to live by faith. And living by faith means you don't always understand why things happen the way they do. I don't have all the answers. But I have hope. Hope that a brighter day is around the corner. A hope that when I smile at someone that smile will be returned. A hope that even those I disagree with, I can call friends. A hope that we as a world are not beyond saving.
It's silly, but it's my hope. And 2013 seems like a good time to start.