A new year

A new year begins. Yes, according to the calendar, the new year began on Friday January 1, 2016. For most of us, the first, second, and third days of the year were part of a long weekend. The real work begins on Monday, January 4.

I hope that by now you have decided whether or not to make resolutions. I hope that your January calendar is completed, along with your January budget.

Do you have a budget? Do you have a calendar?

If not, then I ask you to consider this; if you aren’t willing to plan your own life, do you have any basis for an expectation of a better life for yourself? Do you have an expectation that 2016 will be a better year?

I am an optimist. I expect life to get better. For humans as a whole, that is true. However, as individuals, life frequently does not turn out the way we expected. We don’t stay married as long as we expected. We don’t live as long as we expected. We aren’t as healthy, as individuals, as we expected.

The place for each of us to start making the world a better place is to start making ourselves better people. That is the point of making new year’s resolutions. That is the point of making a personal calendar and a budget. Get control of your life before you attempt to control the lives of others.

You might get lucky and have some success, but if you can’t get control of your money and time, you probably aren’t going to get control of much else. Good luck with the new year!

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