What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year. ~Vern McLellan

Happy New Year! Another year has come to an end and a new one is just beginning. As usual, we use this time as an opportunity to reflect on our life and set new goals. I’m sure you have seen this Brad Paisley quotation many times in recent weeks: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

As you embark on this task and create your resolutions for the year, I ask, is your priority a WHAT or a WHO? So often we get caught up in working for the big house, newest model car, designer clothes, latest tech gadget, swankiest vacation, etc., that we lose sight of the most important treasure in life – our relationship with people.

We get so hung up on the things that we want that we forget the people we need, who need us. We miss the school play to work “just one more hour.” We don’t go to dinner with our spouse because “the big game is on.” We don’t listen when others speak to us because our mind is wandering to other places.

In five, 10 or 20 years, you won’t remember which cell phone or tablet you had this year or which work proposal you completed. But, someone will remember your treatment – your words and actions – then, just as he/she remembers it now.

While it’s wonderful to have dreams and goals and strive for abundance in life, just remember that it should not be done at the expense of a loved one or treasured relationship. What is your priority in 2014? Is it a WHAT or a WHO?

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