It is the first day of 2017 and I could have easily said today of all days would be one where I don’t blog. After all I have just completed a massive challenge of blogging every day throughout 2016. But as it is the 1st of January there is something that compels me to write. It may also be that this is the first day since 23rd December that I have actually felt close to human and that feels like something to celebrate.
This is not a time to start making resolutions. We know that for most people resolutions have been broken within the first few days of the New Year. Mainly this is because we chose things that we think should be good for us rather than things that we really want to achieve. Without the passion it is just empty statements.
In fact what we should be doing is outlining what we want to achieve in 2017. What are the things that we want to be able to look back in 12 months’ time and say that we have completed? I have a number of things that are already at the forefront of my mind for 2017 including putting my writing into a few other areas and not just blogging. However, I will still keep blogging in the coming year.
There are a number of work related challenges that I have ahead and I will look forward to them for the moment when the pressure isn’t yet on me. I will be doing all I can to change the perception of public relations and communications so people can see the value of it. And as this is going to be my last year as Chair of the Association of Police Communicators I will make sure I have completed all the work I set out to achieve around four years ago.
Of course 2017 will always be about the animals that share my life. I will make sure that they have everything they need because they make me smile and are there in good times and bad.
Finally, and most importantly I will use 2017 to continue my push to focus on what I have to be grateful for and also to carry out random acts of kindness. I want to look back on how I have improved the 12 months both for myself, those around me and those I don’t know around me. Let us push on and make the most of every day in the year ahead.