Looking backwards and forwards

img_4247This morning while between lulls while surfing I reflected on the year just passed and the new one starting today.

Certainly this past year had it’s share of heartache, disappointments and struggles but looking at it from a glass half full perspective I came to realize it seemed to offer more than it’s share of positives.

While we were sad our daughter Ashley and her husband Damian moved out to the Seattle area this past spring, it also enabled me to spend some quality time with our daughter as we drove out west. Despite it being one of the most exhausting of trips as we made the journey in her Chevy Spark with her stuff and their English Bull Dog named Buji ,we were blessed to have good weather and have been able to enjoy the beauty of our country.

With any year comes a bit of family drama and sadness but while we endured our share of it we were also blessed with being able to reunite this fall with some family we have either never met  or hadn’t seen for a very long time.

Things were also a bit of a struggle financially but I was blessed to find a job teaching surfing and working at a surf shop, both of which I enjoy immensely. My wife Kathy and I also enjoyed a river cruise through Europe which was kind of a second honeymoon or really our first as we didn’t take one when we married. We also got to visit Hawaii this fall.

I was also blessed to be able to continue enjoying the wonderful sport of surfing (despite my aching and aging body), do volunteer work, paint and write.

We all had to suffer through a very contentious election that seemed to polarize many in our society but as with elections of the past I am hopeful we will somehow persevere as we have through past elections, hurricanes and other disasters that occurred this past year.

With all of this in mind, below is my wish list for the coming year.

  • That the incoming administration will do right by the country by embracing all of our citizens and stand by the ideals of liberty and justice for all while protecting our national resources including the land and sea as well as the creatures who live within them.
  • That families and friends who have been torn asunder by conflict and differences in ideologies will look to find common ground and healing.
  • That we embrace and become more tolerant and accepting of others especially those that either don’t have the same religion, beliefs, national origin or sexual orientation that we do.
  • That we share with others our gifts and talents through volunteering and mentoring.
  • That businesses do right by their employees and customers by being fair in their practices.
  • That we all do our little part to make this a better world.
  • And of course that we have world peace.
  • In addition, I hope the waves that roll upon your shore are tasty waves that bring you fun rides and refresh your soul.

Thanks for checking in this week. I wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2017 and will look forward to seeing you back here each week.

Aloha, Paul

About authorpaulhayden

Author, artist, screenwriter, environmentalist. husband, father, surfer, surfing instructor, volunteer.
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