I have to tell you that when I started this blog some four years ago, it was just something I did to rant about things that I thought were wrong. I never for a moment believed that thousands of you would read this stuff…nor that you’d want to. I’m humbled and grateful beyond belief!
Every once in a while, I take stock in what I have and look back so I can have a clearer vision of looking ahead. I’ve done that throughout my working life, and it’s something that I’ve also done in retirement. I find it helps give me greater insight, more flexibility, and depth, and a more open mind. Usually, I do it in the week between Christmas and New Years, because that was an extremely slow period of time when I was working (who wants to buy advertising or listen to ballgames and talk shows when you’re busy with family and holidays?). This year, it’s going to be a little different. I’m taking the first couple of weeks of January off to reflect and dream of where I’m going next.
It’s been a terrific year. I’ve been the president of the Board of Directors of our local recreation and entertainment corporation here. It’s a $90 million company with a $20 million budget. Running it is almost a full-time job, and I was so honored that my fellow Board Members felt confidence in me to elect me president this past year. Having said that, it does have a tendency to wear on you…and I’ve now completed my three year term on the Board and am looking forward to the next chapter in my “non-blog” life.
One of the things I’ve really enjoyed this year was that my wife has been retired for the full year and has been able to do pretty much whatever she wanted to. We’ve both been healthy, and have had the chance to travel a little and see our kids and grandkids which is always a treat. We even were able to have one of our granddaughters join us here in the AZ for a week, and I think she had a pretty fair time. So, personally it’s been great as well.
Having said all that, I’m going to take a little bit of a break from the writing so I can concentrate on what I want to do next. Oh, it won’t be a long break, I assure you… but I just need to jump off the stump for a while and gather my thoughts. I promise you I will be back stronger and more vocal than ever!
Enjoy the break…don’t forget about me…I’ll be back…and we’ll have another great year together…I promise!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!