Well - 2008 has been less than great for the O'Connor Event Team. With the loss of family members, horses, dogs, hurt horses, sick horses, friends with cancer, friends with family members with cancer.... just no fun. Christmas came and went and so did New Years Eve - I would sit and listen to people talk about how "bad" it was for them and I would always say my year was worse. Yes it was terrible, no I never want all that to happen again, yes I have more grey hairs than I did a year ago - BUT - it is time to put that away and start to control the things I can control.
One of my favorite books is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. The book tells the story of a boy named Milo and different adventures he goes on - He returns after his trip to see the Princesses of Rhyme and Reason:
"It has been a long trip," said Milo, climbing onto the couch where the princesses sat; "but we would have been here much sooner if I hadn't made so many mistakes. I'm afraid it's all my fault."
"You must never feel badly about making mistakes," explained Reason quietly, "as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons."
"But there's so much to learn," he said, with a thoughtful frown.
"That's just what I mean," explained Milo, as Tock and the exhausted bug drifted quietly off to sleep. "Many of the things I'm supposed to know seem so useless that I can't see the purpose in learning them at all."
"You may not see it now," said the Princess of Pure Reason, looking knowingly at Milo's puzzled face, "but whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way. Why, when a housefly flaps his wings, a breeze goes round the world; when a speck of dust falls to the ground, the entire planet weighs a little more; and when you stamp your foot, the earth moves slightly off its course. Whenever you laugh, gladness spreads like the ripples in a pond; and whenever you're sad, no one anywhere can be really happy. And it's much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer."
"And remember, also," added the Princess of Sweet Rhyme, "that many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But someday you'll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow."
SO - my New Years resolution is to start being more positive - There are so many cool things out there to see, do, learn, and be a part of - even it it is a bit out of reach....