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High hopes for 2013

December 31, 2012
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2013, is a day to start fresh and make changes to improve our lives and those around us. Whether it's improving our health, finances, relationships, job or some other goal, it is difficult to change our old habits unless we fully commit to do so.

As time goes on, that habitual wheel keeps getting stuck deeper into the ruts of life and nothing seems to get us out. Life can seem pretty depressing when you look at this past year, from the bad economy to the school shooting. Paraphrasing one of David Letterman jokes in his monologue, he said people who were depressed just had a 20/20 vision on life. Funny, but partly true as we get older and our perspective changes. When we were younger and went on a Ferris wheel ride it was pure joy. Then, as an adult, sitting on the same ride, we now see the rusty screws and bolts and start questioning the qualifications of the person who assembled it and worry if we'll fall to our death.

As life goes on we perhaps become more cynical, set in our ways, and seemingly harder to make changes every New Year. However, we can't give up that easily. We know that if we start with a focused mindset, a good plan of action, hard work and support through an ally, that it is easily achievable.

Many positive changes come from tragic events that jolt us into action to avoid that negative incident from reoccurring. We hope that this will be the case with what we witnessed in the news in 2012. Let's work together to make our children safer, to have our troops home, to lobby our leaders to do what's best for our nation and to help make a difference in the lives of our family, friends and neighbors.

There is no better time to make a change than the first of the year. Whether your goal is to improve yourself or improve the world, we all need to do something positive so we can look back at 2013 with pride and satisfaction. Here's to giving it our best for the coming year and wishing a better 2013. Let's make the world as joyful and as wonderful as it is seen through a child's eyes.



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