Let’s start at the very beginning…

…a very good place to start.

The New Year is almost upon us.

2012 was not the year I had hoped it would be. I’ve learned a lot – about myself, about my friends, about a lot of things.

A few people helped me to see (whether they realized it or not) that I’m a lot better a person than I’ve been giving myself credit for. But, as Shunryu Suzuki-roshi said, “All of you are perfect just as you are, and you could use a little improvement.”

2013 is the year I put this newly discovered knowledge into action.

The most important thing that I learned – or at least FINALLY internalized – this past year is this:

I cannot control the actions of others. I can only control my own actions.

I have to work harder on doing my part to make this world a better place.