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New Year, New Possibilities

Welcome to 2013!  It’s a fresh new year.  What are you going to do with it?

Think about that for a second. It’s not an idle question. The whole year lies before us, ripe with possibility. It’s a time for just a little nostalgia about the year just past and a lot of hope for the year ahead.

Remember, January is named for the Roman god Janus, a two-faced deity able to look to both the past and the future at the same time. That’s what this first week of the new year is really all about. It’s a time to learn from our mistakes of the last year. It’s a time to make new mistakes, and learn from them too. And of course, it’s time for new triumphs as well.

What do you want to change in 2013? Do you want to lose weight, gain weight (not a problem for your humble Walrus, alas), learn to speak Spanish, run a marathon? Go for it! All you have to do is take the first step and your journey will begin.

If you’re content with your life as it is, that’s fine too. Be happy. If you’re not, well, what better time is there to change than right now?

Most of us have no idea how much power we have at any given time. If you want to change your life, you have the power to do that. If you want to change the world, you have the power.

To paraphrase John Lennon, you say you want a resolution. Well, you know, we’d all love to see the plan. Lots of folks are making resolutions, vowing to change some aspect of their lives, great or small.  Many of those resolutions will be forgotten by the end of the month, if not by the end of the week.

Forget resolutions. Don’t waste your time on them. If you want to change something, make a COMMITMENT. Commit to being the best you that you can be. Commit to positive changes in your life. Commit to making the world a better place.

Obviously, some things will be easier than others. It’s a lot easier to drink less coffee, for example, than it is to change the world. But if you truly commit, you can indeed change the world too.

Think about where you were at this point last January. What’s changed in your life since then? Sift through those changes, learn what you can, leave what you must and commit to embracing all the possibilities 2013 has to offer.

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December 26

Welcome Back! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. Happy Boxing Day! And, if you celebrate it, happy first day of Kwanzaa!

A Simple Message…

 … for complicated times.

However, whenever, whatever you celebrate, Happy Holidays to all from The Walrus. Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!

Thank You, Fallen Heroes

Out of the horror of last Friday, we must remember, and honor all those who died. But the six adults who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School deserve special recognition.  Six educators, all women, died in the line of duty while doing their best to protect the little ones in their care.

They deserve to be remembered as what they are — heroes.

Their names are:

Rachel Davino

Dawn Hochsprung

Anne Marie Murphy

Lauren Rousseau

Mary Sherlach

Victoria Soto

May God bless and comfort all who knew them.

A Dark Day

There are no words to convey the horror of the Newtown, CT school shootings today. None. Nothing is adequate.

As President Obama noted, our hearts are broken today.

May God be with the families of all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

Just Another Day

So this is December 13.  It’s no longer 12/12/12. It’s not Friday the 13th. Heck, it’s not even the Mayan Apocalypse date.

In other words, it’s just another day. Nothing special, right?

Well, maybe. No, December 13th, 2012 doesn’t have its name up in lights like those other dates.  But like every other day, it’s not as ordinary as it might appear.

Somewhere, someone started a new job today. Someone decided to quit their old job. Someone decided to go back to school.

Someone mastered a dance step today. Someone finally hit that note. Someone found the right words for their novel.

Someone was born today.  Someone got good news from their doctor.

Someone, somewhere, said “I love you” to someone else for the first time today.

Yep, it’s just another day. And whether we realize it or not, that’s something really  special.

It’s December 12, 2012

Happy 12/12/12 to all!

Or, if you’re a Cubist, Happy 1728!

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