I stopped making New Year’s resolutions when I came to the realization that I am at the point in my life where I will not be in control of many of the changes that I will make moving forward. This is a roundabout way of stating that I am set in my ways. As I touch the half century mark I understand the road I am on and find comfort in the path I have chosen. I will continue to strive for accomplishments — but they are better defined and purpose driven. I am fortunate that dreams turned into goals that — for the most part — became my reality.

That is not to say there were not failures or disappointments. I guess with age I have learned to accept these facts and work within myself to avoid them while knowing they are often unavoidable because we do not always have full control of every situation.

In 2013 I feel we should all continue to hope for the best but we have to live within the reality of our lives.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a Healthy Year!