Dan_Weedin_022Today is my birthday and I’m often asked, “How close were you to being a New Year’s Day baby?”

There’s a story to that…

The fast answer is, not close. The story is that my mother was all of 4’10” and 90 pounds, which in 1964 made me an automatic C-section candidate. My mother asked the doctor if there was any way she could move the scheduled date from January 3rd to December 31st. The reason? True to her Colombian roots, she didn’t want to miss her glass of champagne when the clock struck midnight on a new year. She had no qualms with drinking her toast from a hospital bed; she had no intentions of missing that ceremonial libation. The doctor, likely knowing what was good for him, agreed. So I was born at 9:30 in the morning, with plenty of time to recover. And I’m certain Dad didn’t object to the new tax deduction!

Here’s the moral to the story…

Take time to enjoy the year that just finished. Regardless of the adversity and challenges, all of us have something to celebrate. Focus on the thrill of victories, the lessons of defeat, relationships grown with with family and friends, and whatever else you value in your life. If you’re receiving this missive, I’m pretty sure you (like me) have been greatly blessed with the opportunities provided for success and happiness.

So take some time to toast and celebrate 2018, and get ready for a fantastic 2019.

On behalf of my wife, Barb and our two canine companions Captain Jack and Bella, here’s hoping you slide in ahead of the tag in 2019.

Quote of the Day:

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

~ Madeleine L’ Engle (20th century American novelist)

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