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December 31, 2010

It’s been a good year – here’s to another

Filed under: General,Opinion,Philosophy — Steve Hamlin @ 7:06 pm

It’s New Year’s Eve.  While I’m waiting for Linda to get ready for our evening’s visit with friends, I have time to write a brief post.

We’ve had a very good year, filled with adventures and free of major problems.  Although we had to cancel our planned trip to Newfoundland, we had a great time in Maine.  Our three week “substitute” trip was much more relaxing than the trip we had planned to take would have been.

I’m looking forward to the New Year, anticipating a fresh round of adventures.  I’m extremely fortunate to have the life I do.  I never want to take it for granted.  I have a wife who loves me and loves to share in most of the same kinds of activities I do.  We’re not especially well-off financially, but we have enough to pay our bills and, as long as we plan well and we’re frugal, we have enough to do the things we want to do.

Happily, I love to camp and Linda, while she doesn’t love it like I do, is willing to accompany me, loving the good times and tolerating the challenges.  Camping makes it much easier to finance our travels.

I’m also fortunate to be able to find satisfaction in simple things, and very fortunate that Linda is too.  We’ve never been to Disney World in all our trips to Florida.  I’d rather walk the ancient streets of St. Augustine or watch the birds at Fort DeSoto than spend an afternoon at Disney.  I have no quarrel with those who prefer Disney-style entertainment.  It’s just not for me.

May your New Year be filled with good times with people you love.  May you find satisfaction in the adventures that come your way, whatever they may be.  Here’s to good health, good cheer, prosperity enough to live comfortably, and the good sense to appreciate it.

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