Here's what I will do. On my Dad's 60th birthday while we were on vacation he shared an article with us. It's from a USA Today Columnist named Craig Wilson who borrowed what follows from an author named Brian Peterson. Peterson wrote a book of essays including one called "Strange Gifts."
In it Peterson talks about the approaching deaths of two men — one a guard at the museum where he works; the other a neighbor.
"Death was a gift for both of them — a strange and terrible gift that woke them up and opened their eyes to the reality of the world they were leaving," writes Peterson, who admits their deaths were a gift to him, too.
What he learned from them both — to pay more attention to the world around you — is an age-old lesson few of us ever learn.
We are all in a hurry. We don't even see the roses, let alone stop to smell them. We travel to the far reaches of the Earth but rarely see what's there. We sing "Slow down, you move too fast," but we don't hear the message.
"When I'm brushing my teeth at night and staring at my aging face in the mirror," Peterson writes, "sometimes I ask myself, 'Well, how did I do today? Did I miss anything?'
Not bad questions to ask ourselves as we head not only into a new year, but a new decade. And just in case you're rushing to get to an early New Year's celebration, I'll repeat them.
How did I do today?
Did I miss anything?
So, I will resolve to slow down some. I will
Dan likes to say 'be great today'. Great is awfully lofty. I consider it a success if I can be good today and strive for great.
Dammit, I made a resolution. Life will be even sweeter if it's one I can keep.
The Best part? Taking the time to take it all in.