As quoted in Forever, Erma, a collection of American humorist, Erma Bombeck’s best-known writings, she closed her March 10, 1987, column with these words that to me are a perfect guideline for anyone’s coming year:
“I always had a dream that when I am asked to give accounting of my life to a higher court, it will go like this: “So, empty your pockets. What have you got left of your life? Any dreams that were unfulfilled? Any unused talent that we gave you when you were born that you still have left? Any unsaid compliments or bits of love that you haven’t spread around?”
“And I will answer, “I’ve nothing to return. I spent everything you gave me. I’m as naked as the day I was born.”
I don’t think life’s goals can be expressed any better than that. May we live and enjoy 2019 to the best of our ability by living it to the fullest and then emptying our pockets to give everything we have.