Happy New Year, A New Chapter BeginsDecember 31st, 2009 by Lee Eldridge
With each new year we begin a new chapter in our lives. People who know me know how I feel about personal responsibility. I have always believed that we control our own destiny. That we are accountable for our successes. And our failures. That while we can’t always control what happens to us, we can control how we react to the circumstances we face. And it’s how we react and move on that tells the greatest story.
This chapter has been a difficult one for so many people. It’s certainly been my most difficult chapter to write. I’ve been faced with decisions I never wanted to make. Had to face my biggest failures. And had to decide what to do next when their were no good choices to be made. Every time it felt like it couldn’t get any worse, it did. It’s been a humbling and life-altering year.
Through it all I’ve done my best to keep it in perspective. It hasn’t always worked. I have a friend who has been my inspiration, and he doesn’t even know it. When I’ve been at my lowest moments, I think of him. He lost his son several years ago during a freak accident while on vacation. He and his wife, and their remaining son, had to pick back up the pieces of their lives and move on. I can’t even imagine the emotional obstacles they faced. But they persevered. They moved on. And they’ve continued to write new chapters for their lives. I can imagine nothing worse. What I’ve had to face is nothing in comparison.
Tomorrow my new chapter begins. I will do my best to write a good one. I will make this a chapter to remember.
I hope all of you have a wonderful new year. And that this next chapter is your best chapter yet.