In the interim, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
And in closing, I'll reprint an excerpt from something that I wrote on this blog almost two years ago to the day (I cannot believe that I've been doing this that long!). I think that it fits just as well today as it did then:
To my friends, colleagues, neighbors, constituents, readers, supporters and detractors alike:
Those of you who know me have likely heard me say that it is all too common for people (myself included at times) to sulk in self-pity when things are not exactly as we would like them to be, yet we rarely pause to be grateful for when things are going smoothly. Every day that we can get up with our health and good fortune, and be able to share that with people whom we care about, is a good day.
We always forget the fragility of life and the inexplicable randomness of the line between life, death or misfortune, until it somehow touches our lives. To the extent that it hasn't touched our lives, we should appreciate and revel in that fact.
And though in the weeks, months and years ahead, we may vociferously agree or disagree upon issues of politics and government, keep in your heads and hearts those things that truly matter, that are truly worth expending energy upon, and that would justifiably mean the most to be without.
It is very easy for those in politics, or for those that follow politics, to become consumed in this arena. We must remember, however, that the other 99% of the people, while dependent upon the decisions we reach, are still able to appreciate that there is a world out there that goes on every day. One filled, not with poll numbers or issue formulation, but with friends, family and the riches of life. And remember that what we do is a means to an end, but should never be considered an end in and of itself.
In closing, my year-end wish for all of you is the health and comfort of you and those that you care about and happiness next year and the years to come.
I have put a lot of time into this endeavor, and have tried to make it something that people find of some value. Thank you for reading my ongoing thoughts and for sharing yours with me.