It’s easy to want to look back and recount the year. How much quality time did I spend with my family or how many projects at work were completed or how many miles did I run? Who did I see and what did we do? And it’s almost as easy to imagine what the next year will hold for me. But why? What amount of remembering or fortune telling changes how I am doing right now?

I admit that I do enjoy looking back, especially at the positive things, but what I really need to focus on are the people in front of me, now—and this includes me. I’m sure this next year will be full of joy and heartache and everything in between and I want to do my best to accept it all as it’s happening. In work and play, I want to be here, now, so I can enjoy the life I have no matter what it entails.