01 January, 2011

1/1/11 Saturday AM

Morning finds us with a new day, a new year, and a new beginning in our new kind of normal.  Like most of you, my wife and I find ourselves reminiscing on the previous year, as well as looking ahead and setting goals for moving forward. It seems absolutely amazing what we thought were problems only a few short weeks ago.  Some of our biggest concerns of 2010 seem so insignificant now.   Bundled with our new concerns and worries, comes a small by comparison, but nonetheless positive attribute.  And that is a certain clarity of purpose, and re-prioritization of what is truly important.  Those of you who know me, know that I am no sort of a smiles and sunshine, glass half full optimist.  I proudly defend my pessimistic views under the flag of realism.  However, being now overwhelmed with enough negativity that none additional is required on my part, this positive side effect of our situation stands clear.  I encourage all of my friends to hit the reset button on reality this year.  Look up from the grindstone to see life, and the opportunities that you may be missing.  Enjoy with fervor every easy day, as they are fleeting.  We are grateful for many things and many people.  Don't get me wrong, we still have our share of non Cancer related problems.   But from our current point of view, its just too damned hard to give a rip about them right now.

Happy New Year