Even though I don't get to spend much time writing anymore, it's still one of the hats that I get to wear. There's something exhilarating about having a blank screen in front of you and being responsible for putting something useful on it.
But, I'd be dishonest it I didn't also say that there's something a little terrifying about it. Here you are alone with your thoughts at the keyboard. What if you get a case of writer's block? What if you don't have anything valuable to put into words?
I think that facing a new year puts us all in a similar spot. No, it's not a completely blank slate. You still have last years' debts or savings. And, your boss probably won't become suddenly nice at the stroke of midnight (although that WOULD be a Cinderella story!).
But you do have an opportunity to say what you want 2010 to be for you. Your future has not been predetermined. Think of it as having a blank screen to write on. What would you want to write on this new year? Something personal? Something financial? Something relating to your spouse or children?
One other thing about writing. Generally you have to revise what you've written. Change a word or two. Maybe add or drop an idea. Done well each change brings you closer to the finished product you want.
The same is probably true of our blank screen for 2010. We'll probably will want or need to make some improvements as we go along. Changes that will move us towards the ending we want.
So don't hesitate to write on the new year. In fact, I'd encourage you to do so. My hope is that whatever you do write on 2010 will bring happiness to you and to your loved ones.
Keep on Stretchin' those Dollars!