The Beauty of the New Year

Fresh Start (2)The sun rises on a new year.  I can see fifty years old from here…  I have learned many things in my life, some from the career within it.  Time stands still for no one. Meaningful to me here is General George S. Patton’s belief that you are either taking ground or losing it.

Reinvention is a skill I learned early thanks to the ever changing landscape of American Industry.  It is New Years Day that gives us all the chance to invent a new story for ourselves.  The day symbolizes a fresh start with unlimited potential.  I find this time of year to be very important in maintaining my confidence and drive to keep moving onward and upward.  As I sit here today (New Years Day), I am thinking of what I want to be next.

2014 was a year of massive change for my family and I.  There were some pretty dark nights but we made it work out well in the end.  As I reflect on the past 12 months, it does not escape me that I am at the halfway point of my career.  I am proud of what I have done, but I know I have more to do.  I need this time of year to identify what new horizons I will set out for, putting tangible form to the possibilities before me.

I look forward to 2015 as a clean sheet of paper on which I can write one of the greatest periods in my life.  My years of martial arts study have taught me the value of balance. Success is defined by more that monetary rewards.  I was recently reminded of the importance of family, true friends and coworkers.  As I contemplate the “grand plan” for 2015, it will surely include the people that matter to me.

I am not going to bore you with my list of goals.  These are mine to know and achieve.  I wrote this today to remind us both that fresh starts are to be cherished while we still have them.  Let’s both you and I  commit to making the most of this one.

Welcome to 2015.  What story will you invent for yourself this year?



About Chet Brandon

I am a highly experienced Health, Safety and Environmental Professional for Fortune 500 Companies. I love the challenge of ensuring HSE excellence in process, manufacturing and other heavy industry settings. The connection of EHS to Sustainability is a fascinating subject for me. I believe that the future of industrial organizations depends on the adoption of sustainable practices.
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2 Responses to The Beauty of the New Year

  1. RiseAboveAverage says:

    We wrote about similar topics! I enjoyed your point of view. I also have been in martial arts for many many years! As has my father! Great post!

    • Chet Brandon says:

      Thanks for the kind words! Took a look at your post. I like your identification of actions that can be used to drive new outcomes in the new year. Well written.

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