A Very Good Year

2015.07.12 446Let’s be honest, life is a mystery.

There isn’t a rhyme or reason for why any good or bad might happen to a person. Each day brings a new set of challenges and there are never any easy answers. Sometimes you make the right choice and take the win. Other times you find that the dealer has the advantage and even with your best intentions, the house takes the pot. More often than not, I’m just happy to come out even.

In my 18,900+ days on this planet, I’ve had some tough times and I’ve had some great successes. This past year goes down in the history books as one of those winners: My health is good. My kids are strong. My marriage is blessed. My house is still standing.

In reviewing the year, I can honestly say that I saw some amazing sites; like the Grand Canyon, foggy rain on the Smokey Mountains, a crystal clear Arizona sunset, waves on the Pacific Ocean, and my first ever California Condor! I also did some great things, like riding a mule through Mt. Zion National Park and hiked The Narrows.

But I haven’t just played hard. I’ve also worked hard. I took classes at IU East. I started a new blog or two and began work on my first book.  In the spring I put down 17-yards of mulch in my yard. In the summer I worked on landscaping projects around the house. In the autumn, I created a dining oasis in the back corner of my property. I moved positions at work and am now taking the lead on several important projects which offers new and exciting challenges.

Perhaps best of all, time with family has been a true gift. I love having adult children…and better yet, I love our adult children. Our kids are witty, loving, and gentle. They enjoy one another and any time with them is a gift. Best of all, my wife and I are loving the empty nest phase of life. Without worrying about a sitter, we can pick up and go to a movie, for a walk, out to eat, or on a drive whenever we want…no questions asked.

In short, 2015 was a very good year. It wasn’t perfect; no year is. Yet, there isn’t much about these past 365 days that I would trade. I am grateful for so many things. My life, my family, and my health are just a few of those wonderful things.