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Editorial: Time for personal inspection

A new year is often a time for celebration, but it also presents us with a time to focus on positive changes in our lives.

Although Jan. 1 is nothing more than a date on a calendar, there is nothing wrong with using the date as a distinct time to change something in our lives.

As we look ahead to 2010, there is plenty of uncertainty in the world. The United States is still involved in Iraq and Afghanistan, the threat of terrorism is still with us, the economy is affecting every household, the government is rebuilding our healthcare system -- we sometimes get the feeling that the world is spinning out of control.

As individuals, we don't have a lot of control over the fate of world peace, terrorism or other national and international issues. What a new year offers, however, is the prospect of changing something in our own lives--something over which we do have some control.

For some people, it could be shedding a few pounds, making an attitude adjustment or changing other aspects of our lives that could impact our happiness, or the happiness of those around us. There is nothing wrong with attempting to improve a small corner of our own life.

Of course, there is no magic in the date of Jan. 1. We should be attempting to make minor adjustments in our lives each day of every year! As they say, there is always room for improvement. We may not always be successful with our ideas, but any attempt and any improvement is better than nothing at all. If we do nothing, we know what the final results will bring.

The new year does offer us a very visible time to take stock in our personal inventory. We look forward to the new year with great expectation and hope you are successful with any adjustments planned in your life. Here's hoping that the new year brings our readers peace of mind, happiness and joy.

Happy New Year!