NewYear’s Eve

It’s the end of a year. Time to reflect. What was good about 2015? What wasn’t?

I’ll be spending New Year’s Eve like I have every New Year’s for the past 28 years or so, getting together with a small group of friends to talk about the year and pray for each other. We actually aren’t sure when we started doing this, no-one thought to note the year as we didn’t realize it was going to be an annual event.

In the past quarter century or more we have supported each other through the births of our children and the death of our parents, through health scares and financial crises and pretty much everything else you could imagine. I only wish everyone could have a group like this, one that you can trust to love you for who you are, no matter what. We are family – but by choice not by blood.

Last week, as part of a family gathering, I was asked to name three interesting things that happened to me in 2015. The information was to be used in a family trivia game; I struggled with the answer.

I suspect the reason for my difficulty was that my year has been pretty much spelled out here. You’ve lived 2015 with me, day by day and I feel you have already heard most of the interesting things, so I didn’t think I had anything to add. Though there are a few posts still to come from my most recent trip to northern Iraq that I hope you will find interesting.

I am thankful for the people from 78 different countries that have stopped into this place in the past year. I keep thinking I should do something to promote this blog, but it doesn’t seem to be a high priority (I have a life offline) and therefore I find it very gratifying that people have discovered this blog on their own and like it enough to return. Thank you for your interest!

At the beginning of the year I thought I might slow down a little, that posting almost daily was a pace I wouldn’t be able to keep up. I feel the same for 2016, I need to concentrate on other things. However, I posted more than 350 times in 2015, I kept discovering things I wanted to say, or I wanted to share with you.

I expect in 2016 I will have lots to say about the American presidential election. Such an easy target. I’m also hoping for more posts about music. I’ve worked in the music industry on and off for almost 40 years. Of course by this stage of my life I’ve probably forgotten all the good stories, but I’m sure a few will show up.

Social commentary will I suspect play a large part. In 2016 Canada could see the legalization of both euthanasia and marijuana. Is this a good thing? I have my opinion, but I’m open to competing views. I’m even open to changing my mind. I have several more posts planned on the Middle East refugee situation.

Sometime in January I may run a survey asking you what you like most about randomthoughtsfromlorne. I’m naturally curious. WordPress keeps statistics, and I know that my top five posts for 2015 include one on leadership, one music post and three travel posts – though a couple of those travel posts were also reflections on war. But different people are drawn by different things, and sometimes what comes out of my brain really is random. Like yesterday – who knows where that dream came from!

So as 2015 draws to a close I want to wish you all the best. I’ve had a great year and I hope you have also. I’ll see you in 2016!

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