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2017 – Your Blank Page

January 2, 2017 2 Comments

 “Life is like a blank sheet of paper. You never know what it can be until you put something on it. So Dream It! Do it!… What are you waiting for?” – Marty Sklar

Well another year has come and gone. How was 2016 for you? For me? It was pretty good year. Nothing overly exciting but a good year none the less. I am blessed with wonderful family, friends, church and a good job. I am sure the blogosphere will be flooded this week on goals setting, resolutions and life plan making. If used right, all of those can be great tools for success.  I am choosing to approach this New Year a bit differently. (Although I am sure I will be reviewing some goals before January is out.)

I found the quote above in a book I just finished, Dream it! Do It!: My Half Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms by Marty Sklar. (Yes I am what you would call a Disnerd) Sklar started as a copy writer his junior year in college and went on to be the executive leading the creative Imagineeers who make all the magic happen in the parks. I guess he was an expert on dealing with blank pages.

I want to approach 2017 as a blank page. A page to start fresh, to create something new. Not necessarily to fix something or bring about change. Instead of reflecting on 2016 and using that as a foundation for change, I really want to start fresh. A total look forward.  I know I can’t ignore the past but I want my focus to be on the future.

“There are two ways to look at a blank sheet of paper…. You can see it as the most frightening thing in the world because you have to make the first mark on it. Or you can see a blank page as the greatest opportunity – you get to make the first mark on it. You can let your imagination fly in any direction. You can create whole new worlds. “ – Marty Sklar

I know at least one way 2017 will be completely new for me. My first grandchild, a girl, should be arriving around the first of March. Yes I am that old. Life is fleeting, make every day count.  

Every day we get a gift, a chance to make our mark on our own blank page.

What will you fill your blank page with in 2017?

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.
  • Each day we have the opportunity to write what we want to write in our story. I hope to add value to more people than I did last year.

    • Hey Dan, that is a great story to write. I don’t think there is a nobler cause that to live a life adding value to others.