For the most part, good memories, with a few “challenges” thrown in just to keep things interesting.
The good stuff rotates around my superstar PR troops, current and former, who never fail to make me immensely proud…and thankful that I’m wrapping up my working professional life passing on the knowledge and experience that I’ve gained to the next generation(s) of public relations professionals.
Not a day passes that I don’t get an email or a Facebook update or a tweet from someone who has either encountered a situation that we discussed in an undergrad class at Curry College or a grad class at Regis College and knew what steps to take or has achieved a major success and is eager to share his or her good news.
There’s also the satisfaction I get from my involvement in the professional public relations community…the Public Relations Society of America, the PRSA College of Fellows, the PRSA Board of Ethics and Professional Standards, and the Boston Chapter, PRSA.
This, too, is something I try to help my disciples recognize…that you get an enormous “rush” from the knowledge that, again, your knowledge and experience serve a useful purpose in helping others wend their own way along the winding path of ethical, successful public relations practice.
So I’m taking this opportunity to reflect on all the good things that I have experienced…along with some not-so-good stuff that is part-and-parcel of that great mystery called “life.”
Would I or should I have done some things differently? Probably.
But I’m not going to spend a lot of time obsessing over “woulda…coulda…shoulda.”
Instead, I’m going to learn from the mistakes and share the experience gained with my students and others. And I’m going to allow myself to bask in the warm feeling of those things that went well.
And, when the New Year comes toddling in, I will, as I have done in so many years past, remember these words from John Masefield’s “Tomorrow”…
“For many a broken heart is here, and many a broken head;
By the living God, we’ll try the game again!”
Happy New Year to all my friends, near and far, and best wishes for a healthy, prosperous, joyful 2015!