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The past few years have been eventful, and not always a good kind of eventful.  When reflecting on some of the things that have happened in my family, I think specifically of the curse “May you live in interesting times”.  I’ve seen the people I care for lose more than I would ever want to describe on a blog.  But there were definitely some good things, particularly the birth of my first daughter.

Like most new parents, I’ve seen my entire lifestyle and outlook change completely.  I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that small annoyances are only distractions from the important things in life.  It’s hard to believe that I used to get angry about things which in no way affected the health and well-being of myself or my family; nowadays, it all seems rather silly that I could focus my attention on trivial things like slightly overcooked pizza or too much ice in my drink.

The second-biggest lesson from my new life is that the importance of family is in all practicality a universal value, and it’s a good thing to remember when thinking of your friends and your opponents.  It helps me to calm down and be less upset with someone when I think of the love they have for their family and friends.  Sure, I may not be someone they’ll be showering any love on, but someone out there depends on them; that makes it easier for me to see other people’s points of view as something worth accepting.

It reminds me of this age-old expression that I just made up: Enemies don’t have families, so we’re only left with friends.  And now you see why I never did get that job designing greeting cards.

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Over the next few weeks, I’m hoping to try something different with this blog.  I want to be quicker to voice my concerns on issues, but I also want to put forward some brief and hopefully intelligent ideas for improving our community — our city, province, country and planet.  I also want to update some of the topics I’ve written about that people have reacted to most strongly, and others that matter to me even if no one else has said too much about them.

We’ll see if this experiment lasts; it’s a large commitment, and I’m not known for being a prolific writer, but I’ll try my best.  And who knows, maybe I’ll actually throw in that article on Assiniboine Park I’ve been thinking about for the past five months.

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