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!