I am honored and pleased to have the opportunity to welcome in the new year of 2015. This new year affords us the chance to re-visit unattempted or perhaps unfinished goals, and to seek to improve ourselves both personally and professionally.
It is with great anticipation that I continue my journey of self-discovery and learning. Each day is replete with lessons to learn and experiences to relish, and I vow to make the most of all of these.
I challenge and encourage all of you to make note of those things you wish to achieve in this new year, and to have the courage and discipline to formulate a plan for making those dreams and goals realities in your lives. Understanding full well that a goal or a dream without a plan and a deadline is simply a wish. Do not be content to wish for things to be better, or to wish that you were better. Make it so.
I recently sat down and read from an old book in my personal library that dates from 1907 titled Thoughts That Inspire by George H. Knox. In that book was included a piece that was under the title of Ten Things To Do that I wanted to share with you. I hope that you are able to derive some wisdom from it.
Ten Things To Do
- Do good to all.
- Speak evil of none.
- Hear and know the facts before judging.
- Think before speaking.
- Hold an angry tongue.
- Be kind to the distressed.
- Ask pardon for all wrongs.
- Be patient toward everybody.
- Stop the ears to a tale-bearer.
- Disbelieve most of the ill reports concerning friends, neighbors, and people in general.