Despite the hustle bustle of the holidays, the end of every year has always been a time for me to pause, reflect and count my blessings. This year is no different, and it brought to mind a little poem I think is poignant:

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

I plan to recall those words, as I begin a new year that will surely present challenges, adventures and opportunities to have a positive impact on the world around me.

To my friends near and far, I wish you a joyous holiday season, a merry Christmas and a New Year filled with good health, happiness and peace!

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