Ready to face a new year

Ben Robinson

Ben Robinson

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By Ben Robinson

The news is that it is now a new year, and I’m looking forward to a better year.

The past two years have been rough. I was fired from the job I had held for more than 20 years by folks who had basically only driven by the office.

So I cannot dwell on their problems. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to work with my longtime friends at The Courier. Why worry about how the other guys are doing when I have the opportunity to work and build this newspaper up?

This year should be interesting as I learn more about The Courier.

Just because I’ve known several of the people here many years does not give me the right to do things my way. It is only respectful to learn the ways of the Courier staff and adjust my ways to fit in.

I have more spare time now. I used to be employed full-time, get paid for 40 hours, and usually work more than 80 hours weekly. Not smart, eh? Now I am supposed to work 20 hours. I will sometimes go over that, but I try to keep it close. Rocky is pretty good about not asking for more than he’s paying me for.

So far, my spare time has been pretty much wasted. I just want to pay bills right now, service my readers, and go home.

In the coming months I will try be more involved with my church. I hope to make it back to Kentucky for our mission trip this summer, because I feel there are many unfinished stories in that area, and I have been blessed to be a part of them. And that’s one thing I hope to avoid in the future — not being thankful for the opportunities I’ve been blessed with.

But the new year I’m sure will present many opportunities I cannot even imagine. I just need to make sure I am ready to face every challenge. So here is to 2014, and the opportunities ahead.