A new year always brings with it new hope, goals, aspirations and other agreements and arrangements that we make with ourselves, our families and our careers.
Beyond never wanting to hear the words "twerk," "Obamacare," and "selfie" ever again, I have to believe the coming New Year, indeed, brings a new sense of awareness and optimism for all of us.
As sick as we say we are of all of it, 2014 is a midterm election year. That could be the biggest bull’s-eye hopefulness we can find.
Surely, this healthcare debacle and other lingering issues in Congress will yield a new crop of candidates, campaign platforms and fresh blood in Washington, D.C.
Maybe 2014 is the year we finally incorporate some term limits and stop the game of lifelong political aspiration that tends to sully the effectiveness of good representatives.
Another "like it or not" occurrence in 2014 will be the start of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Hilary Clinton, Joe Biden, Gov. Chris Christie and all the rest will turn their quiet aspirations into public appearances shortly.
The good news is that many of us can turn off that piece of the political playbook if we want.
Away from that, though, what promises are you making yourself in 2014? And are we even calling these nebulous "things" resolutions any longer?
It seems like the more resolutions we make on Jan. 1, the more set up for disappointment we are going to be.
We all want to look better, maintain a healthy lifestyle over a long period of time, do more with family and friends, save a few dollars back and travel.
Not surprisingly, though, if one or more of these unravels too early into a New Year, we just beat ourselves up to no end.
Or maybe that’s just me.
Either way, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make resolutions, promises, guarantees – however you say it – that are both manageable and attainable.
For me, I am going to keep it simple.
I need to be a better father in some areas, and a better friend to some of the most important people in my life.
My spiritual life could use a kick start, too.
I’m not going to weigh myself down this year with lofty or unrealistic resolutions.
The few I have isolated above are long-term and will take much of my focus.
No matter what you want to accomplish in the New Year, I hope 2014 brings you all the promise, security and joy that any of us can hope for.
Long live newspapers and the printed word. Maybe that’s all I need to wish for.
John Beaudoin is the publisher of the Lees Summit Journal. To comment, call 816-282-7001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.