Doug's 2016 Christmas Greeting

Merry Christmas - Happy New Year“A ship is always safe at the shore - but that is NOT what it is built for.”
                    ― Albert Einstein

In my early career days of broadcast radio, I recall one afternoon in which I had just delivered a scoreboard on air when I realized I read an outdated report.  Embarrassed, I tried to make light of it before delivering the proper schedule.  Some twenty minutes later a phone call came into the station and I happened to be the one who answered.  The caller asked, “Is this Doug McCann?”  I confidently replied, “Why yes indeed!”  The caller then went on to describe what kind of fool I had been.  My spirits sunk to the floor and remained there for days.

When I decided to run for Town Council in 2014, I knew I would need tougher skin!  What if someone called to tell me I was being a fool, or was critical of some decision I made?!  Could I handle it?!

Sometimes we can easily find ourselves ridden with worry over what others 'must' - not 'might', be thinking.  Such foreboding could be impeding and we become afraid to take a chance, try something new, speak up, or follow a dream.  A few unkind words, or even the thought of ridicule can leave us feeling beaten before barely getting started.

Recalling the many years I worked as a mobile disk jockey playing for weddings, Christmas parties and various other occasions, there were always a few who were critical of my selection, but while they were complaining the dance floor was full with guests having a wonderful time.  As long as the majority of people were pleased, I thought I had to be doing something right.

And there within lies the secret, attesting to the outlook, as "long as the majority" were pleased.  I could count each happy guest as a plus, and as long as I could manage more pluses than minuses the job was prosperous and successful.  While it may be safe to "stay in bed" and dodge the minuses, one never achieves the pluses.  There is no gain - no accomplishment!

     “A ship is always safe at the shore - but that is NOT what it is built for.”
                    ― Albert Einstein

And finally, in your efforts, if you've ever found yourself obsessed with perfection in what you do, give yourself a break!  Who was the last perfect human being you met?!  “Strive, not for perfection, but rather for excellence!”  This is a good reminder that we are not perfect and it gives us permission to be accepting of our best efforts which would speak to a job well done.
So, in wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year, our wish is that you would welcome 2017 with new challenges, goals and opportunities.  Making a difference in your own life, that of your family or community, is worth suffering a few blows or setbacks over the greater sum and degree of what you just may accomplish!

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Safe Holiday, and for a Happy, Healthy New Year throughout 2017!
Doug & Josey