Thursday, December 31, 2009

A New Year and Decade

As with most media type outlets, whether “traditional” or “new,” the good folks who oversee The Kitchen Table blog asked all of us to compose a quick posting on the year that is about to pass into history and our thoughts. So, I have been racking my brain over the last few days pondering the end of 2009 and what one news story stood out and how it impacted/affected me.

Of course the harder I thought the more I found it even harder to begin to write anything. 2009 has been a year of many ups and downs for me both personally and professionally and I am pretty sure no one really wants to hear (or I guess read) about the good and the bad in the life of Bill. The only tangible impact that readers of TKT would have noticed is that my postings have been few and far between over the last few months. So, it will just suffice to imply that I have been rather pre-occupied on both the personal and professional fronts.

The thing that has really started to stand out is that 2009 is not only the end of a year but it is also the end of a decade! So my feeble brain has really been playing back all the events that have played out since the year 2000. And I am sure many of you will agree that the vast majority of this decade, for a variety of reasons, has not been very kind to most all of us and the fire service family in general. Not to say there has not been a fair share of positives for the fire service – the banding together and getting the residential sprinkler issue passed at the ICC against a powerful foe that usually beats us down stands out.

But, overall, a very challenging decade to say the least. However, I am always a believer that good can rise out of the ashes of bad and in adversity lies opportunity. So as we are heading into a new year and a new decade ask yourself: am I turning any negatives in my life, or department, into positives? Instead of bemoaning your bad circumstance or health issue are you grateful for what you do have and attempting to find new solutions to overcome the adversity?

I have been relatively successful in being positive and finding solutions but still have a few things to work on. Hopefully, I will continue to improve in 2010! As a friend once told me “If you change the way you look at things then things will change.”

A Happy and Safe New Year and Decade to all of you!
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