At the end of each year, I take stock of how my year has been spent, with whom it has been spent, what it has been spent on and most importantly, the difference between that year and the previous year. I have been doing that for more than ten years now but the idea of appreciating those that I’ve spent it with started about five years ago.
The criteria for making the list is quite simple and yet not so simple. I have always been careful not to be personally biased when
preparing the list so I look at the following things without partiality:
1. Inspiration: If during the course of the year, I’ve been inspired by your lifestyle in a unique way, you’ll most likely be here.
2. Support/Encouragement: Most times, when I’m down, it takes those who truly know to notice and also to encourage me. If I’ve enjoyed your support, you more than qualify.
3. Friendship: As private as I am, I still have more than my fair share of friends so the challenge here is usually discerning who is
real and who is not. Number 2 above usually helps in determining them because we all agree that it’s when your problems arise that you know who your true friends are.
Members of my immediate family are excluded and the maximum number is ten (10) although I have had less than that number for the past two years.
So, I will like to acknowledge and appreciate you for the outstanding role that you have all played in my life this year 2009. Your presence in my life this year has been rewarding and I hope it has been the same for you. I ask that in anyway you think/feel I need to change, feel very free to let me know irrespective of whatever my reaction might be. God will continually be with us all and your families. Have a wonderful season and God bless you all. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance. I love you all and I hope we spend 2010 together as well.