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The new year will be what you make it

After the greens, rice and peas are eaten and after the last bowl game has ended; after the last toast is made, the list of resolutions finalized and sleep beckons, the new year will lie before you. People fawn all over themselves making promises to those selves and others with regard to changes they will make in the new year. Just as the road to hell is paved with good intentions, every January evening is littered with broken resolutions. We break these resolutions because we are human. We are designed to fail and we do so all the time. Aircraft are designed to fail with multiple system redundancies in place. Humans are designed to fail. Our system redundancy is forgiveness. As 2016 dawns, rest assured the new year will be what you make it. Sure, there will be surprises, pitfalls, new highs and new lows. You will deal with gains and losses. How you handle victories and setbacks will determine what sort of year is in store for you. Every day for years, I have surrounded myself with Apple products. The company’s cofounder Steve Jobs was driven to dream up and produce simple products that offered simple interfaces, were fun to use and provided computing bang for the buck. He came up with the iPod, iPhone, iPad and iMac and was dubbed the ‘˜Father of the Digital Revolution’. Jobs became quite the philosopher as he lay dying from pancreatic cancer. All his billions could not save him. Consider his words as you prepare for 2016. ’You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down and it has made all the difference in my life.’ And’¦ ’Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.’ Happy New Year! Walter Geiger is editor and publisher of The Herald Gazette.

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