[This year’s version of New Year’s Resolutions…]
· I would own my own home. Two stories, with a porch, a kitchen I could enjoy cooking in and space enough to have friends and family over and enjoy a holiday or just a random Sunday afternoon.
· I would improve my physical health: 160 pounds; better numbers—and regular physical exercise.
· I would have a dog or two, probably miniature schnauzers.
· I would have gone back to get either my 2nd Masters or my PhD and be teaching on the side. Perhaps social studies in a community college; or courses related to Public Safety Leadership. Part of this would involve speaking at conferences and other events—sharing the experiences that I have had so far in my life and hopefully opening some hearts and minds in the process.
· I would have more interaction with friends and family—my community would be less individualistic, and, well, more of a community. This includes finding a church were not only do I feel welcomed and inspired—but where the leaders of the church know me—and I can have a more significant impact on the church and its community.
· I would volunteer more of my time to help those in need, in whatever way I might be able.
· I would pay off all of my debt to permit me greater freedom to travel; invest; and increase my financial security—as well as to be able to donate more.
· I would develop a relationship with someone who will value me for me—and I for them. Someone who can communicate, who isn’t afraid, and who supports my growth while allowing me to support theirs. I don’t want someone I have to be careful what I say to—but rather someone to be honest with, in every since of the word. A person I find attractive in every way—and who will make me better by knowing them.
· I would use my God-Given talents more: More writing; more photography; doing voice overs; serving as a volunteer counselor—sharing of myself those parts of me that are meant to be shared.
· I would be the director of a small or medium sized 911 Center; an EMA Director; or Public Safety Director. The key is to work in place where I can put into practice what I have learned from education and experience—and I would be able to empower those I work with to do great things.
· And I would stop being afraid that these things will not come to pass. I would let go of the doubt that sometimes creeps in on those dark and lonely nights when its seems as though everything is always such a battle such a struggle. In those places—instead of clinging—I would learn to just let go. To let things work out the way they always do—for the best.
· I would know faith.
The simple question I must ask of every action I take in the New Year:
Does what I am doing bring me closer to the life I have just described—or further away.