Some End-of-the-Year Homework (For both of us…)


The time at the end of the year is so very special. It allows, even encourages us to be busy yet take time to enjoy who and where we are. It allows us to focus on the past year while we’re also looking ahead. With that having been said, I’m planning to take some time away from social media over the holidays. It allows me to think. To think of friends past, present and future. To look within to see where I’ve been, where I’m at and where I’m going in 2023 and beyond. Most importantly, it seems to work as a check and balance to make sure I’m focusing on the right stuff. Before I do that though, I want to leave you with a couple of thoughts and wishes that you might consider while I’m away.

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I’m not sure what the weather is like where you are, but in my area they’re calling for some extremely cold temperatures. There are so many men, women and children of all descriptions (including veterans) on the streets. Without help, many of them will die. So if you can do anything to help the organizations that are helping them, thank you in advance.

In the same vein, please check in on any special needs, elderly or disabled folks you might know. Make sure their heat and stove is working. Make sure they’re OK. Make sure they know they’re loved.


Lastly, in a barrage of advertising slogans, seemingly endless obligations, lots and lots of stress, please take at least 30 seconds everyday to just breathe and focus on Peace, Happiness, Love and Hope. How do they fit in in your life and how can you make each of them even more important to your life in 2023?

I’m gonna throw another concept into the mix. GratitudeThe more you practice it, the more you’ll realize how vital it can be in your life and the more you recognize it, the more you’ll practice it.

Enjoy the moments the next few days at the end of the year will present, even the ones filled with stress or frustration. If you find yourself doing that, it’s a slam dunk that 2023 will be an incredibly special time for you.

Thank you for our time together. I’m honored that you’ve given your valuable time this year to allow us these get togethers.




For no particular reason I wanted to share this painting from my favorite painter, Ricardo Chávez-méndez.


His art makes me focus on beauty and wonder. Maybe it will do the same for you. If not, I wish you the fantastic journey of finding and focusing on something that will make you smile, without trying…

© 2022 Gregg Masters