Here’s to Another New Year and Another 2nd Chance….!

Well, another year is almost gone. So long, 2011! From the earthquake and near meltdown in Fukushima to the antics of Charlie Sheen, we saw the kind of tragedies and scandals we see every year. And from Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a gunshot in her head to Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian street vendor whose protests sparked the Arab Spring, we were reminded of the courage and resilience that sustains us through it all. So I propose a toast to Edward Payson Powell who said, “The old year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!”

The New Year is the time we look backward for a moment onto every unkindness we may have committed, every mistake, every thoughtless action. From there we look ahead. We can’t help ourselves – it’s a new page! A clean, white, unmarked surface ready for recording the new story we’re determined to get right this time. Harry Morgan, best known for playing Colonel Sherman Potter on “M*A*S*H”, died earlier this month at the age of 96. One of his best lines as Col. Potter has become a mantra for some: “The world is too big of a place to be in competition with everyone. The only person I need to be better than is the person I am right now.” From your mouth to God’s ears, Harry. If only each one of us would take responsibility for becoming the best version of ourselves, the world would finally receive a much needed makeover.

For some the year 2012 will be end of things, not a new beginning. There have been dozens of TV doomsday documentaries this year designed to scare the pants off us with stories of Hopi prophesies and the end of the Mayan calendar. Tales of Nostradamus and various versions of an inevitable 2012 Armageddon are coming fast and furiously now. But what if things ARE coming to an end, only not in a cataclysmic fire and brimstone sort of way? What if it’s just our old ways of doing things that’s finally starting to shift? What if all the unrest of the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement in the U.S. are the beginning of a new way of seeing ourselves and our world? What if we’re finally beginning to see that we’re all in this together? What then?

From all of us here at Apex Medical Placements to all of you – a very peaceful, prosperous, perfect New Year!