It’s a New Year

365-daysThis image hangs in my office as a reminder of how things begin fresh every year.  2016 may have had its ups and downs, but 2017 appears like an unpainted canvas ready to capture the highlights of a new year of life.  I wonder what image will appear?  Will the finished painting reflect light and love?  Will it be dark and painful?  Will hope and joy be the dominant theme?  The finished product is not mine to know, for I haven’t lived it yet.  I’m not one of those people who wishes they could see the future (finished product).  My life has been filled with a wide array of experiences, each so different in nature and length, it is impossible to predict with any accuracy which if any might be duplicated in 2017.  That said, anticipating 2017 as a whole is pretty easy for me.  I’m hoping to publish my first book sometime in the first quarter.  Golf has always been my primary leisure activity, and I hope to lower my handicap and be outside more this year than last.  Traveling this year, or really how much we travel this year is still a question.  We still have places we want to go before we slow down too much.  Rebuilding some relationships, and starting new ones, holds great promise for restoration and healing.  So, as of right now, the past 7 days of the new year have been great days filled with laughter and love, good food and family meals, practice putting and editing.  Only 258 days to go in the discovery of the 2017 finished canvas.