I have no idea where this year went. I was just starting to get used to writing "2007" on everything, and now, I have to start the process all over again for 2008.
This year has been a total whirlwind for me. Part of that is probably due to my being at a job in a newsroom, where something is always going on, and there's not a lot of time to stare at the clock or the calendar.
But, even aside from my work, 2007 has gone by much faster than years past.
I suppose I could do what a lot of people normally do at this time of year - make resolutions I have no intention of keeping past Jan. 1.
There are a lot of things I need to do that I haven't been doing like I should. I could finally get myself into a workout regimen, for the first time in my life.
I could make a commitment to visit friends I don't often get the opportunity to see.
I could vow to save a certain amount of money during the next 12 months.
I could read my Bible more.
All those things are great, and they are things I desperately need to do. The new year is a time for fresh starts, and for redoubling efforts to make necessary changes in one's life.
But, to me, this time of year is also a time of reflection, a time for examining one's life, identifying mistakes that were made, and taking joy in the year's happier moments.
This year has certainly had more than its share of learning experiences. As my first full year as a married man, 2007 had joys and challenges unlike any other year before it.
I'm still learning what it truly means to be married, and I'm sure the learning process will never be completely over, no matter how many times my wife and I watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve.
There have been some moments in the past year that I'd rather not relive -- ever. There have also been moments of happiness that I will carry with me, and smile about, for years to come.
No matter what a person's situation might be, we all want next year to be better than last year.
But, reflecting on the last 12 months does not have to mean that we get bogged down in our past failures, and don't take time to remember the good stuff.
Jason A. Smith covers crime and courts for the Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161, or via e-mail at email@example.com.