Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

While there seems to be a general sentiment that the passing of 2009 is a good thing, I must admit that, from a personal standpoint, last year was a good one.

I started a new job, with all the uncertaintly and trepidition that accompanies such changes. To my pleasant surprise, it turns out that I could not have made a better decision, both personally, and professionally.

I learned that starting young horses is perhaps not for me. While it took three hard landings in the dirt, I escaped with little more than a bruised ego. While success may have not turned out the way I envisioned it, I did learn more about horses, and my own limitations, thus I do not chalk the experience up to complete failure.

I still have a wonderful family, good friends, and my health.

Politically, the year was not so good. I do fear, however, that we "ain't seen nothin' yet". Perhaps elections in the fall will help place the powers that be in check. I'm not certain that I have the confidence in my fellow citizenry that it would take to be overly optimistic in that area.

But, all things considered, while we may be a bit bruised and battered, we still live in the greatest nation on earth.

Happy New Year, all!

4 comments:

Bag Blog said...

There is always lots to be thankful for. I totally understand you on the horse breaking. I have certain talents when it comes to horses, but I don't like hitting the ground.

Buck said...

But, all things considered, why we may be a bit bruised and battered, we still live in the greatest nation on earth.

Yup. It's pretty easy to get disillusioned with the way things are going and perfectly understandable, too. But after all is said and done there is NO place else I'd rather be.

2009 wasn't a bad year for me personally, either. As I mentioned somewhere else... this "everyday is Saturday" gig is pretty danged good! I hope it stays that way for a couple few more years.

Laura said...

I hope you and your family have a great 2010!

alison said...

Always lovely to read thankful and happy reflections. I hope you have an equally good or even better 2010! I tend to think when all's said and done I live in a great nation, the greatest etc. I'm always a little envious of your stalwart national pride!

The back end of the year was so busy I might not have stopped by as often as I would have liked but I still enjoy your Washington state horse tales.