Happy New Year

A new beginning.  Another opportunity to get it more right.  Intentions have been designed and are already showing benefits.  Well, that may be a little overstated.

People need renewal.  One of my friends took his MBA at Stanford.  The only thing he missed about Toronto was the first day of spring.  There is something special about new life, new opportunity, new methods, and new ideas.  Use New Year’s Day as that sort of uplifting experience.

spockSpock’s famous salute, “Live long and Prosper” is the goal.

But recognize that living long is a day to day accomplishment.  So is prosperity.  You cannot reach the goal instantly, you must arrive there as the result of decisions you make every day.  Natural processes do not go faster because you want them to do so.

The problems we have today generally are the result of weak preparation some day in the past.  Similarly the good things flow from wise decisions taken earlier.  Cause and effect are not always prompt.

Take New Year’s Day 2106 as the beginning of living in the present with an eye to the future.  Planful and persistent and enjoying every moment as you pass through.

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Happy New Year to everyone.  May peace, health and prosperity fill every day.

Don Shaughnessy is a retired partner in an international public accounting firm and is now with The Protectors Group, a large personal insurance, employee benefits and investment agency in Peterborough Ontario.

Contact: don@moneyfyi

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