A Happy New Year Resolution And Message From Joe

Hello everyone,

We’re counting down the hours until the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014.

Did 2013 go the way you thought it would?

What did you like most about 2013?

What do you think you could have done better in 2013?

Do you plan on the above being a New Years’ Resolution for 2014?

Please take a look at the following two photos:

Banji resting on the morning of March 11, 2012.
Banji resting on the morning of March 11, 2012.
Teddy Bear stretching out in the early-morning hours of August 9, 2013.
Teddy Bear stretching out in the early-morning hours of August 9, 2013.

These were my two cats; I say “were” because over the last 18 months, I’ve lost both of them. Banji was lost on July 3, 2012, while Teddy Bear was lost on December 6, 2013 (less than four weeks ago).  You’ll note by the dates of the photos above that each of those were taken less than four months before their respective deaths.

I think you’ll agree with me that they look very happy, content, and healthy in those photos, no sign of what was to come less than four months later.

That’s exactly the point I want to make.  We have no idea about the future; our time is fleeting and limited.  Hopefully, you spent time with loved ones (2- and 4-legged) over Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa, and you will do so again over New Year’s and in the coming year.  You never know when they may no longer be here, or, when you will no longer be here.

This is also why it’s important to make the most of each day and to do your absolute best to achieve your goals each day.  Whether that’s to be the best business owner, the best employee, the best spouse, the best significant other, the best son/daughter, the best parent, the best friend, or any or all of the above, you owe it to yourself and to your loved ones to give your best effort always toward your goals.  You never know when you won’t have the chance to do it again, or for them to be here to appreciate your efforts.

That is why I encourage you to spend time with your loved ones (2- and 4-legged) when possible, and also to strive toward your goals in 2014. Perhaps 2013 didn’t lead to the results and successes you wanted, but you can make your New Year’s resolution a determined and renewed effort to let nothing stop you in 2014 from achieving those goals that escaped you in 2013, as well as achieving new goals.

In fact, I believe my New Year’s resolution will be to learn from the successes and failures I’ve had in 2013 and to use that new knowledge to improve my efforts toward reaching all of my goals in 2014.  In addition, I will take more time out for my loved ones, as I was reminded by the aforementioned events that time is fleeting and that tomorrow is never guaranteed.

Therefore, I encourage you to look back at what you did and didn’t accomplish in 2013, learn from those successes and failures, then take that knowledge and improve your efforts to achieve further successes in 2014.  I also encourage you to not spend all of your time working toward your goals, but instead to spend some time with your loved ones, as our lives are finite, and the time our lives end is never known ahead of time, no matter how much we might try to predict that end.  When that time is here, it’s here, and there’s no going back and redoing things you wish you would have done.

I hope this post helps to provide you with some inspiration and hope toward the coming new year and that you will make it your best year yet.

To all of you: Thank you for reading – I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!  Make it your best year yet!

Joe Chengery




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