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The changes they are a comin'

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

The advent of a new year has never really held a lot of special appeal for me.

For many, many years I spent New Year's Eve with my parents, playing board games, eating holiday leftovers and watching Dick Clark in Times Square. That tradition held even after I was married, and maybe even more so once the babies came.

I've been to a handful of parties over the years, and while they're usually great fun, it's also nice just to stay at home with Tom.

By the same token, I've never put a lot of stock in making resolutions that start on Jan. 1.

If you know me at all, you know that I believe that every day we awaken can be the day to start over anew, whether it's to lose a few pounds, quit a vice or tackle a project.

It is just coincidence that many of the changes that I will face are happening at the beginning of 2019.

In December, I pledged to open myself up more to serving others and I started being more aware of the people and circumstances around me.

Too often, I think we all become so self-absorbed that we miss that which is slapping us in the face on a daily basis.

I chose to be a journalist. I made that conscious decision more than 40 years ago, and though I've had one non-newspaper job in my life, I always return to paper and ink.

Working for a weekly newspaper has always been a challenge and even more so with the rise of the Internet, and yet I've stayed with it because I believe in newspapers.

The hours are tough; the mental stress is real and too often, I have become so consumed with my job that I have neglected family, friends and myself for great periods of time.

Even my physician has remarked about it.

"Carolyn," he said, "I'm afraid someone will find you slumped over your computer one day."

That was last summer and it made me sit up and take notice.

"No," I assured him, "that will not happen. My job is not my life. My job allows me to have a life."

And no sooner than the words left my mouth, something clicked that told me once I said it, I had to make it so.

Again, if you know me, you also know that the BEST part of this job in Williston is getting to meet so many wonderful people and share their stories.

It has always been the best part of the job no matter where I've worked.

Many of those people who started out as "just a story" have become lifelong friends.

I haven't had a lot of time for that kind of networking and sharing the last two years. I've missed it terribly.

In 2019, I hope to get back to why I went into journalism in the beginning: the telling of stories.

With that said, it means that I will not be in an office much this year. I'll be out and about, from Bronson to Williston; from Morriston to Raleigh.

I'll be telling the stories of people just like you.

I will be recording Williston's "people history."

I will still be around to help you with your loved ones' obituaries. I'll be there when you want to pay a bill. I'll put you in touch with the people who sell you ads or subscriptions. I'll have your coupons ready for you on Thursday.

By refocusing my energy on stories, it also means that I will have more time for the people I love, the service I've committed to doing and perhaps even more time for me – to get healthier, to read more, to pick up that calligraphy kit I bought and learn something new.

And while it's all change, it still remains constant.

I am here in Williston to ensure the Williston Pioneer marks its 140th birthday this year.

I hope 2019 signals something positive for you. I hope you have the vision to grasp it when it does.

I hope this is OUR best year ever and I'm looking forward to sharing your story.