Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy New Year!

"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better person."
Benjamin Franklin
American author, politician, inventor, and statesman

We really like this quote by Benjamin Franklin. So often in life, we have found it easy to be at war with others, without giving much attention to what needs to be changed within our own hearts, attitudes, and behaviors. Of course we realize that none of us is perfect. But shouldn't the mere opportunity to strive continually to improve our characters bring us more hope than discouragement?

We definitely think so. While the long-lasting change of character can and should be a lifetime endeavor, we are excited for the opportunity at the beginning of each year to reflect on areas in which we have done well and also think about those ares in which we might have need for improvement. As a great musician or artist does, in order to create a masterpiece out of our own lives, we too must have the courage to undergo a true and honest evaluation of our work. By doing so, we can celebrate our strengths and use them to help overcome our weaknesses. And, oftentimes, our weaknesses can be the means through which our strengths become even stronger.

We wish you all a great 2012. May it be a year filled with personal growth, success, and happiness!