Hump Day: Set your sights on hopes and dreams for 2012

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By Brian Cormier
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011
Moncton Times & Transcript
Editorial section

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and that not too many of you were found on Boxing Day naked in a ditch covered in icing sugar and tinsel. The holidays are often a time of overindulgence. As 2012 approaches, it’s time to set our sights on our hopes and dreams for the new year. Here are some of mine.

To all anonymous online haters/trolls/stalkers: Please stop kidding yourselves that no one knows who you are. The more often you leave nasty comments, the braver you get. The braver you get, the stupider you get. The stupider you get, the more you say. And the more you say, I can guarantee you that someone is bound to get angry enough to track you down using legal means. It’s not a matter of “if”; it’s a matter of “when”.

If you’re constantly leaving horrible comments on websites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, blogs and media websites, it is my hope for you in 2012 that you decide to stop this soul-killing viciousness. The practice of spreading hate and nastiness eats a person from the inside out. It adds nothing but more bad karma to the world. And trust me, karma will come back to haunt you in a way you may not have foreseen.

To my clients: Thank you for your support in the past year. I’m grateful to you, especially, since you have provided me with compensation that allows me to own my house, drive my car and support my household. It’s been a pleasure working with each and every one of you. My hope for you in 2012 is that you achieve and surpass every goal you’ve set and that you end next year with a smile on your face, happy employees, happy clients and a bank account that would make Ebenezer Scrooge green with envy.

To community volunteers: I’ve been a committed community volunteer for most of my adult life. It doesn’t matter how old you are, volunteering can be an amazing experience that brightens the lives of others. It is my hope for all my fellow volunteers – no matter where you dedicate your time – that you continue to love what you do, that you absolutely know that you make a real difference in the world and that you’re shown appreciation for the time you so generously provide.

To non-profit organizations: You do vitally important work in the community. Whether you feed the hungry, help abandoned animals, help those with terrible illnesses, or help people in the their time of need after they’ve lost everything, it is my hope for you this year that your donors are generous to you so that you can continue for work. Just as importantly, I hope you’re blessed with volunteer and paid leadership with vision and commitment to seeing you grow and prosper.

To those struggling with health issues: It doesn’t matter how much money you have in the bank. Without your health, it isn’t worth much. In 2012, I hope your health issues are resolved or treated in order to make you more comfortable. Being sick is a struggle. It is my hope in 2012 that your health is as good as it can be.

To those who have lost loved ones in 2011: This holiday season was the first for many out there who lost someone close to them in 2011 through death or a relationship breakdown. Trust me, this Christmas was the worst it will be. You probably didn’t feel like celebrating in the least. You probably wished it would all just go away. You probably found the holidays really rough. Let’s be honest, they probably sucked. It is my hope for you in 2012 that your pain eases and that the holidays return to a time that you look forward to and not dread.

To those of you needing someone: Whether you’re a person who’s lonely and looking for a friend or companionship, an animal biding its time in an animal shelter waiting for a new family, a child in a foster home waiting for new mommy and daddy, or whether you’re just in need of a bit of boost to your social life, it is my hope for you in 2012 that you are able to connect with people who take you into their lives as one of their own. We all need friends. We all need family – either by choice or by blood.

To all the unhappy negative thinkers and cynics out there: It is my hope for you in 2012 that you find something good to believe in. I hope you open your mind to the possibility that the world can be a wonderful place. I hope that your self-imposed misery is overcome with a better mindset and a newfound openness to happiness.

To all first responders: It is my hope for you in 2012 that you remain safe and that you continue to do your work with honour, pride and ability. May the terrible things you see in your profession not taint your ability to pursue your honourable calling of helping others in need. May you be appreciated by those you work with, those you work for, and those you help.

To all elected representatives: It is my hope for you in 2012 that you not take getting re-elected for granted, that you help everyone you represent regardless of their political stripe, and that you govern wisely and with due care.

And, finally, to you, my dear readers: May you sit down on your favourite chair at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2012, hold a mirror up to your face and see someone who’s happier than they ever imagined, wealthier than they ever dreamed of being, healthier than they ever expected to be – and pretty darn good looking, too! And if that person you’re seeing isn’t you, then there’s someone standing behind you who broke into your house and you’d better call the police.

Happy New Year!

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