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Open Mike

Wishing you the best in the new year

Forty eight hours and some change is what is left in 2004, so enjoy it while it lasts.

The new year provides us a chance to learn from our mistakes, enjoy our successes and savor what I like to refer to as our special, happy moments.

There is something unique about the holidays every year that I enjoy. The holidays provide us with a chance to feel good, unconditionally. The holidays are a chance to feel however we want without being judged or criticized by others. After all, if you can't tell the truth during the holidays then when can you tell the truth?

This past year has been one of ups and downs for me, both personally and professionally. I have learned many valuable lessons over the past 365 days, ones that I hope will carry me over into the next year. If we can't learn from the mishaps of the past then what good does it do us?

I have learned during the past year to pick your battles. This is something new to me because I always thought I was right about a lot of stuff. But I have learned that it is not always as important to show you are right as much as it is to believe in what you are doing.

This past year, I have also learned to accept input a lot more. I have never been one to accept other people's opinions. But I have learned that being able to accept input, both positive and negative, helps us grow as people. But I also learned you have to stick to your guns with your own opinions.

Over the past year I have learned about the power of friendship and how important it is.

The past year has also shown me how important it is to keep your word, especially with children. Your word is the foundation for everything that you do.

I have also learned during the past year that love and compassion are still the two most powerful forces in the universe.

This past year has also shown me the importance and value of proper medical care. You don't know how important this is until you are nearing your death bed. I could write an entire column about this, but I will save it for another day when I am feeling a bit froggier.

I supposed I could go on and on about the lessons we learn each day of our lives. But I suppose that is what the holidays are for each of us, a chance to reflect, to cherish what has taken place.

I will go into the new year a wiser man. Smarter for the happenings that have taken place. And I will look at the new year with open arms, ready to face what lies ahead undaunted. I will take the lessons of the past and use them to better my future.

So this New Year's holiday take a second to look at what has taken place. Learn from what has happened to you and use it to your advantage. Embrace the new year with open arms.

From me to you, have a very happy new year and may it be better than the last because in the end that is what we all deserve.

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