I have some things I want to say to a few people. Things I don’t say and should.  Today seems as good a day as any:

To those I met this year: Thank you for coming into my life. You have changed my direction and added new color to my world — for that I’m ever grateful.

To those I know will be in my life forever: I am who I am because of you.  You support me. You talk me through my fears and experience my joys. You encourage me to take chances and have held my hand as I’ve questioned myself.  You bring fresh air into my life.

To my family: I know that sometimes it seems like I’m too busy to get together or make a call.  But I think about you all often. Dad, I’m grateful for all the support you’ve given me.

To the people who have hurt me in the past:  You were in my life for a reason (and gone for a reason). I’ve learned that life is a series of experiences that (hopefully) make us better human beings. So, thanks for the experience.

To the people I’ve hurt: Every fiber of my being is about helping not hurting.  But I’m far from perfect and I want you to know that if I could take back words, actions and behaviors that hurt you, I would. Please forgive me.

To the people I will meet this year: I have a feeling you will bring a new twist to my life that I never contemplated. You will open me to new possibilities. I can’t wait … and I’ve got my eyes open!

To my children: I think about you every day. Sometimes we parents get lost in trying to prevent pain in your lives, such that we forget that mistakes bring amazing growth. Know that no matter what, no matter how bad, no matter how joyous, I am always here for you.  I will always believe in you.  I have faith in your soul.

To myself: Every year, every day, every second is a chance for a new beginning.  Be present.  Take a moment to thank g-d that you are still breathing, walking, talking and loving the people around you.

To you: Take a moment to thank those who make this list in your life.  Do it more  than just today — but today’s a great day to start. 🙂

Have a happy and healthy new year.