DAVID ROSMAN: No need to analyze 2013 before plunging into 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CST

I truly wish those who take time to read my diatribes a wonderful and happy 2014. May this find you all in great spirits, healthy and living a life well designed.

That last part may sound a bit odd to some, but I do not believe in predestined futures. I believe we all make of our lives with what we are dealt. In my case, that could be almost anything.

Writing for this newspaper, my blog and my book gives me great pleasure in personal and professional goals. I am recognized as a voice in the middle of Middle America, and I am writing professionally.

Most will be looking back on 2013, analyzing and nitpicking, but that is something I do not do. Time is linear and unidirectional, and the past cannot be changed. There are times I would like to be 14 years old again, but those thoughts quickly dissipate, knowing that Mister Peabody’s Way Back Machine (WABAC) is purely fictional. I also do not believe that things are left purely to chance.

I will continue my search for a full-time position in academia or in corporate training.  For those of you looking for work today, take heart. You may have to hit the piñata a bunch of times before it breaks open. But the economy is improving, and there are jobs that do not pay minimum wage out there — just fewer of them and farther between.

Sometimes it is simply being in the right place at the right time. I need to get out more, join a few more groups and spend less time in the confines of my home. Usually, I include political activism in this statement, but I believe I will do some things just for my own mental health.

Although tomorrow will always be a mystery, I do know that I will remain a staunch  progressive and liberal and voice the concerns of those whose freedoms are suffering because of a neo-conservative belief that the Cleaver family was better off. Or that Phil Robertson, the patriarch of “Duck Dynasty,” has been given a raw deal by the A&E channel.

Wealth is not a sign of success. Skin color is not a sign of intelligence. Sexual orientation does not make one a sinner. One’s religion, or lack of religion, does not make a person good or evil. We are all human, and we all inhabit the same planet.

I would like to hear from more of you in 2014. This is something most writers will wish for in the coming year. Yes, I have my antagonists who write regularly, but there is a wealth of opinions to be stirred by this and other columns. We would all like to hear your voice and, as I have in the past, I will respond as I can in this column.

Most of all, I want to stay warm this winter. About 25 percent of my job is outside, and the cold just eats through my slacks and coat. It gives me a greater appreciation for those who work in bitter weather full time.

The New Year is something akin to the line one draws on the score card after a particularly bad bowling frame or tee-to-green. It is meant to separate the bad from the good, to have a new beginning, to hit the reset button.

I stopped making New Year resolutions years ago — who keeps them anyway? I cannot tell you how many diets have failed by Jan. 3. To keep writing and to continue my career search are life goals, things that I have been doing for a while.

I will set new ones as the year progresses and not get discouraged with the bumps that will inevitably appear in the road. These are speed bumps — meant to slow me down and look around, to analyze and to re-evaluate.

There are still a few winter holidays coming up, the Eastern Orthodox Christmas being high on that list. So I believe it is still appropriate to say “happy holidays” to all and a hope for a better year to come.

David Rosman is an editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics.

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Ellis Smith January 1, 2014 | 6:55 a.m.

"Never explain - Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyway." - Elbert Hubbard (1927)

As for working outdoors in winter, underground mines, like natural caves, undergo less temperature fluctuation during the four seasons than occurs at the surface. Maybe you could join the United Mine Workers of America union, but obtaining a union card could be a hard sell. These days we mine "18 tons (the song)" of coal using large, expensive human-operated machines rather than by breaking someone's back. An example of today's Capitalism.

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