Happy New Year!!!

Happy Friday, All!

And just in case you haven’t noticed, since people are already saying this, it is the last Friday of 2011! So … T.G.I.F.!!!

This year, my life has taken on some new dimensions and I anticipate other ones to be added this coming year, thank God. That is my plan . . . to allow more doors to open and prepare myself to enter them. All around us in the world today, we may recognize the true meaning of life, should there be such a thing. Interestingly enough, I am convinced that we each have a purpose, a mission, so to speak . . . should we decide to accept it. While I seek to be inspirational and motivational in general, I realize that I have my own issues to deal with, and that I need much help in dealing with them. I have found that I do not like to feel hurt … about anything. Yet, like the concept of good vs. evil or the Chinese philosophy of yin yang suggest, this journey is maintained by acknowledging that there must be a balance, and that these polar opposites are interconnected.

When I look at our physical world, and some of you might agree, that balance has been ignored oh too often! What to do?! Just knowing that there is a Creator and that there is a power greater than myself, and I am not talking about any human individual though there are many of those, too, I seek to move forward with a passion for peace …. yes, and love and understanding, humility and determination, as well as to allow my mission to unfold and yield to the positive energy of life!

To the friends I’ve been fortunate enough to make and maintain, and to those individuals whom I’ve lost along this journey, so to speak, I am deeply indebted. The experiences that have unveiled themselves to me, and to those that remain oh so clandestine, I too am deeply indebted. I tip my hat to this year that has passed and all I’ve been able to learn, and I open my arms, my heart and soul … and my spirit to the coming year, anxious for all that I have yet to learn and experience.

Finally, I thank each of you who are reading this for being a part of my life, and remember, just the fact that we know each other is no coincidence … It is part of the journey. In bringing in this New Year, may we have fun and give thanks to all creation, may we seek to “Stop the Violence”, and spread a bit more peace, love and integrity!

Amen,

John I. Cook, Director

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