Auld Lang Syne
Many of my friends ask me the same question on the last day of the year; “why do you always work instead of staying home with your family?” That’s always a question that I have to try to figure out myself. I guess it’s who I am and who I have become over the years. I always like to spend the last afternoon of New Years Eve day in my office and look back at the year we are about to leave behind. I guess it makes me feel comfortable that I am in control of my future and at the same time, understand the past some. Whatever the reason, I enjoy my decision.
As I look back at 2013, of course there were the times with things that didn’t go so well and things that just happened out of the clear blue sky. I call them the “gut check events” that build character. Life would be rather boring with out them. Then we have the days where the word “dull” would be an exciting description. And of course we have the times where progress and great times make us smile the most. Doesn’t it seem true each year that all of those combined events seem to come together somehow and you end the year OK or better than you started? I used to tell Gina that life is made of just happenings and good solid plans and the objective is to end up standing and on top. Sure we have those years that we wished we were farther ahead in many things in our life but as long as you are happy and healthy, does it really matter in the end? Being grateful is the main thing in life and everything will fall into place from there.
As I look back today, it is comprised of many things. One is that I met a lot of new people this year and for that, I am always grateful. Many are good friends now. I read a lot or as much as I could and found out some good things to help me personally and professionally. I’m ending the year about 12 pounds lighter and eating much healthier while still having my fun. I have a love affair with food but learned not to fall madly in love. I renewed my vows for my 25TH Anniversary with Nancy in front of my 2 daughters, 2 grandsons and my mother in law. Something that most wouldn’t have predicted me to do but am glad that I did. With business, Wood Palace ended the year 46% higher in sales than 2012 so I am very happy with that. Lastly I am healthy and not battling any serious illness and I am most grateful for that.
Now, putting it all together is always the tough part with figuring what I (We) got out of it all. I have come to the conclusion that it still comes down to the same thing every year; people. Where would we be in life if we didn’t have friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances around us? Not too far is what I can see. Friends make us smile and at the same time, make it fun. Family makes us whole. Co-workers make our life easier and fulfilling and acquaintances quench our thirst for new adventures. In the end, people make all the things in life come together.
I want to thank all of our clients that put the WP in Wood Palace. Without them, we are nothing. I want to thank all of our associates here that help in the serving of those clients and for making them happy and with a smile on their face. I want to thank my friends who make friendship the best. I especially want to thank my family for putting up with my vision and the time that I spend making my whole life what it is and helping it come together to what we see today. I am very happy with the results of the last year but I look forward to the new roads that we will pave in 2014 at home, here at Wood Palace with the new acquaintances, new co-workers, new clients and with the new adventures. In the end, it will be the same merry go round that we will all go around again on but as we know, it will look completely different again. Happy New Year to you all and here’s to auld lang syne!!
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