Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy New Year!

With the new year just around the corner most people are making resolutions. Personally I don't use the new year as a reason for a resolution; I prefer to make my resolutions throughout the entire year as I see fit.

Regardless I have decided 2008 is already a fantastic year. Instead of trying to explain that thought process to you, I found this writing by Bob Perk.

Below is a repost of the email sent today. Please keep his details if you share it.

All stories copyright 2007 Bob Perks
Today's message:
"The Echo"
by Bob Perks
You hear so much about memories at this time of year.

From Thanksgiving Day on we are bombarded with the idea
that we are not only making memories but somehow building
upon them.

It is the sites, sounds and smells of the holidays that trigger
vivid flashbacks for me. The turkey taking center stage, the
cranberries and sweet potatoes all make me think of mom.

The first Christmas bell, carol, or even laughter I hear, readies
my mind for a long journey home and the loving sounds only
family can provide.

But, oh how a whiff of chocolate, peanut butter cookies or pumpkin
pie can set my soul a dancin' down memory lane!

It's easy for me to venture back to things I hold close to my heart. It
takes very little to find myself remembering people, places and things
which somehow mixed in with the very essence of who I am today.

I swear if they checked my DNA, they'd come up with elements of
chocolate chip cookie mixed with genetic traits of dancing when the
spirit moved me and smiling when I hear my wife's voice.

Memories are as much a part of who I am as today's choices become a
part of all I will become.

But what about this new years eve thing?

Just below the sound of horns tooting and bubbly bubbling, lies the stark
reality of the passing of another year. Many struggle with all they wanted
to do and didn't. Some struggle with all they think they can never accomplish
and still others bask in the glow of success beyond measure.

For the first time in my 57 new year celebrations I have discovered the real truth
about time.

"The Echo."

If I take away all the fond, sweet feelings of the past and remove the element
of regret from things I wanted to do right or things I did wrong, I am left with
the facts.

Everything I do in 2008 will be reflected in how I see my life on new years eve
that year.

Thus, my theory of "The Echo."

If you stand in a canyon and shout, "Hello!" "Hello" comes back to you.

You can't yell, "How are you?" and get a reply, "Fine. Thanks for asking!"
2008 is like a canyon. You stand on the edge on new years eve and what
you put into it will come back to you. The more you put in, the more will come
back. If you love more, you will get more love back. If you fear more, fear will
come back.

So, this new years eve when you find yourself reflecting on 2007 remember, it has nothing at all to do with memories.

It's "The Echo."

What will you get back next year?
"I believe in you!"
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