Are you one of those people that sets a theme for the new year? Such as “Forward” or “Sparkle” or some other one-word framework that is supposed to be totally meaningful. I need to apologize to you, and I mean REALLY apologize. I’m sincerely sorry, because…

I never have been one of those people because I have never really trusted the power of such simplistic things. In fact, I’m ashamed to admit it, but I have quietly, and sometimes not very quietly, mocked the “themed ones.” Looking back over the years, I’m embarrassed by my willingness, maybe even desire, to look down my nose at such “silly” approaches to life.

BUT – and here comes the hard part – I must admit that I seem to be setting a theme (or maybe two) to the upcoming new year. After working through my Miracle Morning and Best Year frameworks for the past several days, I am noticing two words coming through pretty strongly.

The first is “VALUE” because it seems that, almost unconsciously, nearly everything I have listed for the results I want to create in 2022 revolves around the idea of adding value to other people’s lives. And also in my own. Whether that value is simply giving them a smile they wouldn’t get any other way, or a sincere compliment, or something much more substantial, it seems that I have almost unconsciously set out to add value to the world and the people in it.

And the second theme that seems to be emerging is “LEARN.” A good number of the results I want to create in the next trip around the sun revolve around learning more, and learning almost constantly. As I sit here typing this out and thinking through the idea of constant learning, I think I know why, almost unconsciously, I have set out to make this next year one of constant learning. Because I will then be able to create MORE value to add to the world (in general) and to the people in my life (in particular).

And even better, I have already realized that I don’t have to be perfect right now to create value for those around me. I just have to be willing to share. And as I continue to learn more, to grow, to expand my own awareness, to build my own capacity, I can simply share what I learn and trust that I will be creating more and more value.


Yep, I’ve done it. I’ve relaunched my site.

Over the years, my site has served many purposes. It’s been an online resume. It’s been a file repository. It’s been a record of some sort of annual project. It’s been many things.

But now, it’s going to be different. It’s going to be my little corner of the online world. It will be contain my blog, where I will share thoughts on practically everything that interests me, from politics, to ancient wisdom, to observations on life.

It will also have pages that contain information I hope will bring lots of value to the world at large. And there will, of course, be collections of things that interest me, such as resources I find, books I’m reading, movies I’m watching, podcasts I’m enjoying, and so forth.

In essence, I am a person with many, many interests and it is time my site reflects that about me. With any luck, I’ll attract a loyal legion of followers, who will create (with me) a robust community of people who are trading ideas, supporting each other, and creating value for the world around us. Let’s leave the world a little better than we found it!