The New Year Means Time To Hit The “Reset” Button

This year there will be no long list of resolutions being made for 2012.   Oh, I do have one resolution I’m making that should be pretty easy to keep.   I intend to take more pictures and to share those with everyone important to my life.   After all, we live in a world so visually oriented and never has it been easier to take pictures.   Heck, most of us have a camera everywhere we walk these days with our phones.

One of the first big tests for me will be in about two weeks at the upcoming SHOT Show.   This year one of my goals is to take LOTS of pictures.   Ironically, I’ve attended SHOT for over 20 years and I have a very small library of show photos.   Not really sure why that has happened, but it just seems to be the case.   This year…many more pictures will be taken.   I promise. 

But I plan to do much more during 2012 than take additional pictures.   This year, however, I’ve chosen not to call my plans resolutions.   Oh, in the past I have made plenty of New Year’s resolutions here in this blog.   Some have panned out, others…well, let’s just say that realistically they probably did not stand a chance.Re-set

So, for that reason this year I plan to just hit the “reset” button on my life.   Honestly, I know what I should be doing and it’s so easy to get side-tracked or “off-track,” so to speak.   Life gets busy…unforeseen circumstances always get thrown at a person…good intentions are much easier to make than carry through on.

That’s why I like this time of the year.   It sort of gives a person a chance for a new starting point.   In fact, I’ve previously written about what January (or at least the root word) really means in Roman Mythology.   Sure, it’s a good time to look back at your life…but this year I would rather look forward and focus on that.

To all my blog readers, I sincerely hope you’re able to do whatever is necessary to make 2012 the best year ever.   If you’ve lost some of the deep emotion you once had for sitting in a frigid duck blind or getting up early to head out to the turkey woods…here’s hoping you, too, can hit the “reset” button and regain some of that lost passion for time spent outdoors.

The older I get the more I realize just how precious our time spent on this earth truly is.   That’s why it’s important to make a commitment to yourself not to squander any opportunity to spend times outdoors with family and friends.   Let’s all do whatever is necessary to use the outdoors to enhance our lives in many different ways during 2012.   Then, let’s make another pact…how ‘bout we meet back here next year about this time just to see how things are going.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone!

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