As we come to the end of another year, it is quite natural to start looking forward to the next. I typically find myself looking ahead fondly, and this year is no exception. I cannot help but believe that 2014 is going to be an auspicious year.
I know this because each new year is auspicious, especially as viewed at the end of the current year. But as we move into the beginning of the new year, the magic of the moment is usually ephemeral and wears off my mid-January. So I decided to use this post to look forward to the change I anticipate in my life in the upcoming year.
Debbie and I will officially be empty-nesters by September. Our daughter Hannah will be moving onto campus in the fall. Our son Josh will have launched himself by June, after building a war chest for his exodus into his grown up life. Hopefully we will be in the process of downsizing from our too-large suburban home. We plan a vacation celebration for Hannah’s high school graduation, as we did with our sons Dan and Josh. Finally, Debbie and I plan to do some much-anticipated car travel across these United States.
A pretty auspicious agenda. But I cannot help but heed the advice of one of my favorite expressions- “if you want to hear God laugh, tell him about your plans.”
So, God willing, I wish you all the best for an auspicious new year.