I had a very different end of year blog post planned. I intended to round out the year by recounting some of the things I set out to accomplish doing in 2013, specifically those that I succeeded at. I had a pretty good list, and it felt good. It felt good to list some things that I want to see in 2014. It had all the air of a motivational post set to spur the hearts of the readers.

So I threw it away.

My brain enjoys metrics. I thrive in setting goals. I chew on measurable results, and indeed the best way to accomplish anything is to be aware of such data. But this evening, in these final few minutes of the year we’ve numbered 2013, the goal of inspiring and encourage you toward some lofty goal on your bucket list seemed a bit frivolous. So, I’m going to do something different.

My charge for you, my dear reader, for 2014 is this: love well, and be loved well. If I have any hope, desire, or dream for you, I, and the world in 2014, it’s that we would do those two things more and in new ways in 2014. In our faith, family, friendships, and workplace: love and be loved well.

So, 2013, I raise my glass to you. It’s been one heck of a ride for the last year. Here’s to the next chapter, whatever that holds. Cheers!