Silent Snow for the Start of a New Year…

This morning as I woke to a new day and a new year, I made my way outside for a quick dog walk in sub-twenty degree weather.

As my eyes adjusted to the morning light, a surprise snowfall greeted me.  A dusting of snow-covered the ground and trees.

And then I heard it….. silence.

The silence and snowfall were the perfect start to a new year.  Like an empty palette the snow-covered the good and bad of last year and provided promise for the year to come.

As gentle snow flakes fell from the heavens, like the wishes of us all for a new year, I stood in the silence and gave thanks to God for a clean-slate filled with possibility.

Isn’t it perfect that a new year starts with the simple beauty of a fresh falling snow?

I’m not one for resolutions.  Yes, I need to lose weight, I need to take better care of myself, I want to write more, be more organized, be a better citizen, boss, friend, family member and on and on and on.

But instead of resolutions, I have made one goal for myself in 2018.

My goal is to be a better person this year than I was last year.

I want to be a better citizen, friend, boss, family member, a simple challenge that holds as many obstacles and rewards as any resolution ever could.

Like every year 2018 will be filled with challenges and triumphs, no goal will ever stop that.

There will be abundant joy in 2018 and undoubtedly deep sadness, but if I strive to be a better person through it all, I am confident I will look back on 2018 and be content.

Like a fresh falling snow, 2018 is filled with promise, my wish for you is happiness, health, prosperity and goodness.

Happy New Year friends, may your 2018 be your best ever!

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