Although each day is an appropriate time to re-establish one’s priorities, the first day of each new year is traditionally a time of reflection, resolution, and development of a fresh outlook on the coming 12 months. The year 2016 may have been a rich and prosperous year. Your hope now is that 2017 will continue the luck and good fortune. Conversely, 2016 may have been arduous. Unexpected forces beyond control may have swept you into a backwash of disappointment and loss. Whether they be financial, health, or relationship-based, these forces brought unwelcomed tension and worry. In any case, our hope for your New Year is the development of a fresh commitment to owning your response to both the unfortunate, and the welcomed news, of life. Of the few things we can control, our response to life’s circumstances transcends the good and the bad. We command our attitude toward both. Consequently, resolve yourself to enjoy the good fortunes of 2017 and to find a silver-lining in any misfortune that 2017 may bring. Make each day count as you develop a heart of wisdom. Happy New Year!
Stephen Gustitis is a criminal defense lawyer in Bryan-College Station. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a husband, father, and retired amateur bicycle racer.