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New Year's Resolutions


Fare ye well!


River going to take me, sing sweet and sleepy,
sing me sweet and sleepy all the way back home.
It's a far gone lullaby, sung many years ago.
Mama, mama many worlds I've come since I first left home.

(Grateful Dead)

And just like that, the time has come to take a breath of reflection. It's hard to believe that another year has passed and 2005 is a stone's throw away. I learned a lot in 2004--the persistence of price, the moxie of a coordinated agenda, the manifestation of secular trends and, most importantly, the importance of purpose. For if we're gonna make our time count, it should stand for something more than status and symbol.

I often say that the true definition of success is doing what you love with people you care for while providing a greater good. I am blessed to be surrounded by the very best people I've ever had the good fortune of knowing. From the very top (we've got some big news coming) to the little things each day to the good folks who spend their time in the 'Ville. It's been a long haul in a few years and we've almost arrived at the starting gate!

To say that I'm juiced for 2005 would be a tame way of saying that the best is yet to come. As I prepare to ease out from behind these screens and spiritually refocus, I would like to offer my New Year's Resolutions for 2005. This isn't a comprehensive list but, as with anything in life, the onus is on us to adapt and embrace change as it dynamically evolves. And with that said,....

  • I want to find balance in life.

  • I want to let myself love.

  • I want to appreciate the simple things.

  • I want to view obstacles as opportunities.

  • I want to be good to others and better to myself.

  • I want to spend quality time with my friends and more time with my family.

  • I want to work to live not live to work.

  • I want to stop being so hard on myself.

  • I want to remember September 11th.

  • I want to watch what I eat and drink.

  • I want to read more.

  • I want to write better.

  • I want to help children.

  • I want to understand mental illness.

  • I don't want to be petty.

  • I want to smile.

  • I want to see.

  • I want to learn.

  • I want to do something Joel every day

  • I want to remember my past but not dwell on it

  • I want to honor my country and respect my neighbor.

  • I want to set goals but manage expectations.

  • I want to remember the difference between loss and loss.

  • I want to keep an open mind.

  • I want to acknowledge others for a job well done

  • I want to inspire.

  • I want to respect my elders

  • I want to earn the respect of my peers

  • I want to forgive.

  • I want to be.

The holidays are a time of reflection and new beginnings, so carry your best qualities forward while leaving your shortcomings behind. And as this is my final scribe of the '04 vibe, I would like to offer my heartfelt gratitude to everyone in the Minyanville family.

I am humbled to be surrounded by such talent and can honestly say that I've grown each day of this journey. I will leave the 'Ville in the capable hands of my fellow professors and ask ye faithful for their patience on the content front. We'll be back in full force with a fresh squad in January and take the bull--or, as the case may be, the bear--by the horns.

Have a healthy, safe and prosperous holiday season and may peace be with you.


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