Monday, October 17, 2016

To Those I've Ignored

This post originally appeared on my Facebook page. Since not everyone sees that page, I wanted to share it here for all to see. 

Friends, I want to take a minute to be very serious here. Actual serious, not sarcasm or snark. Not even Cubs ranting.

I try to share the best of my world, things I find interesting, and a laugh or two on Facebook. And in the past, I've tried to wish those I know or are somehow connected with a happy birthday in as special way as I can. I hope it makes you happy, I know I enjoyed looking for a way to celebrate you on YOUR day.
I've failed to do that last part for the last year or so. I've had a horribly difficult year, with a startup company I poured my heart and soul into betraying its employees, going out of business, and leaving really good people in emotional and financial shambles. It's been a distraction to say the least, and I haven't done a good job in helping those whose connection and friendship I appreciate celebrate their special day, let alone maintain normal contact. 

As the High Holy Days leave their lessons behind and my own birthday approaches, I look back on the last year and apologize to those I've overlooked or just plain ignored. That was wrong and selfish, no matter what was going on in my life.

Borrowing from C. S. Lewis, “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” I ask you to accept my most sincere apologies and join me in trying to experience a positive end to this year as well as a great year ahead. The fog is lifting and I'm hoping to put the past and the damage it caused behind and return to a better place in my new natal year. Hopefully, you'll still want to join me on that journey.