VOLUME XV, No. 6, DEC 2010
An Unexpected Journey
ecember is always the time when we reflect on how the past year
has gone, and our hopes for the future. At BoatU.S., we’re thankful
to have survived the economic ups and downs, the Gulf oil spill,
the hurricanes and tornadoes, the government rules and regulations, the list goes on — many challenges, yes, and at the same
time, much for which we’re grateful.
I’ve been on a journey of my own this year, one I hadn’t planned embarking upon — as I battle a rare cancer for which I’m receiving chemotherapy. I
have up days, and down days, like anyone else, but my attitude is positive;
and rest assured, the BoatU.S. helm is being vigilantly steered. I share this
news with you because I know every BoatU.S. Member knows someone with
cancer — a friend, family member, or maybe even yourself. You’re not alone; I
It also makes us think about our “bucket lists,” the
term made famous by the movie of that name with Jack
We have a colleague here at BoatU.S., also battling cancer, who was interviewed on television recently. She said she’s always lived life to the fullest, she
just does it with more determination and clarity now. I know how she feels.
I encourage you to think about what you want to do and start making plans
to do it. It’s joyful to check things off the list — long
term, short term, it doesn’t matter. It’s our dreams and
goals that keep us growing, and give us strength. Reality
creeps in when it has to, but it’s energizing and healthier
to think big and work towards realizing a dream. After
all, it’s the journey toward our dreams that’s most
rewarding, that makes us feel most alive!
Be well and happy in this New Year, which is sure to
hold exciting adventures and new journeys for us all.
CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER Richard Schwartz
PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER
Nancy S. Michelman
It’s the journey toward
our dreams that’s most
rewarding, that makes
us feel most alive!
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