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I’ve spent Christmas alone before. The first few times, I found myself feeling rather sorry for myself, unhappy that I couldn’t be with my sister and her family. While I enjoy being with them, I’ve found that there can be a gift to myself in spending the day on my own.

I am able to spend the day without distraction or demands on me. It becomes a day for me to do as I desire. Coming at the end of two extremely busy months at the Legion, that time alone is refreshing. Time in which I know I wont be pulled away from what I’m doing, wont hear the phone ringing with telemarketers ticking me off and distracting me from what I’m doing.

Today I’m spending the day doing some blogging and some reading. Then I’ll likely do some more blogging.

Christmas is a reminder of the New Year just around the corner. Just a week away in fact. The New Year is a time for new beginnings. An opportunity to clear the slate of goals missed last year and take another run at them this year. Reminds me of the Eucharist at Church, the slate is wiped clean each week of our sins and we take another run at getting through another week without sinning. Sometimes I actually get away from the church door before I slip again <grin>.

So, today I will also give some thought to what I want to accomplish in the next year and how I want to approach attaining those goals. Thinking about goals is just the first step, then I need to develop a plan and work the plan to attain them. The devil is always in the details.

What’s in store for you in 2010? Have you thought about your goals? About what you accomplished in the past year?