2012 Year in Review...# 2..A Christmas Message of Hope.
A Christmas Message of Hope
I struggled mightily to come up with a column this week.
I still await the day that I don't tear up when I pass a six or seven year old.
I don't think it will come any time soon, nor should it.
I can't think of anything that will ease the suffering of so many of our friends and neighbors in Newtown.
I can, however, remind myself of how much good has been seen in the aftermath by great humans from around the world.
I understand we have been changed again, worse in some ways than we did after September 11, 2001.
I will continue to look for the good in people, it far outweighs the bad in most.
I value and love every member of my family and my extended sports and business family, these are great folks.
I will take a minute every day to make more eye-contact with a stranger who may someday become a friend.
I will encourage people to not take anything for granted.
I don't think the expression "Live every day like it is your last" is corny or unrealistic.
I am 100 percent confident that we will emerge a stronger human race when we look at ways to make our children safer from all the dangers that confront them.
I believe that good will always prevail over evil. Evil is weak and cowardly. Good is hard work that always pays off.
I believe families all over this world will hug a little more, say they love each other just a little more often, find just a little more patience for one another.
I appreciate what our teachers do for our children.
I am not amazed that teachers put their life's on the line to protect the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It's in their DNA.
I honor the victims every day by trying to be the best man I can be each time my feet hit the floor and I try and make a difference in this world.
I am truly blessed to have tremendous writers on staff at Litchfield County Sports.com
I respect them all. Rick Wilson, Patrick Tiscia and John Nestor are hard working, dedicated men who know only how to succeed in everything they do.
I appreciate the support of great friends like Tony Turina and Michael Colangelo who have believed in this effort since it's inception two years ago.
I give a special nod to all the coaches I have met over the past decade plus of covering local sports. They are not getting rich but they are enriching our student athletes each day.
I am forever grateful to be married to a tremendous woman who has overcome big odds to become who she is. Mrs. Deborah Gaffney is the foundation from which all my love and energy is based.
I am truly blessed to have five amazing daughters and a mind blowingly smart granddaughter.
I thank Jillian, Jaimie, Kym, Kim (yes we have two) and Nina for making me the man I am today, proud and strong.
I glow at the site of one Skyy Elizabeth who changed our live's forever eight years ago.
I know the future is in good hands when I look into the magical eyes of my granddaughter.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I leave you with a few lines from a Trans Siberian Orchestra song that sums up the day.
"If you want to arrange it
This world you can change it
If we could somehow make this
Christmas thing last.
By helping a neighbor
even a stranger
and to know who needs help
you need only just ask"