We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy holiday season. It has been a privilege to have had the loyal interest of so many readers from across the globe, and we have appreciated the thoughts and ideas a lot of you have shared.
This is a point when there is a natural tendency to reflect upon the year past and what has been accomplished. It is a time-consuming endeavor to prepare and write a regular column, and time-consuming for thoughtful individuals to read it when there is a boundless universe of commentaries and ideas in the blogosphere. Why do we bother? The reason always returns with the regularity of twinkling lights and chiming bells in December. It comes from the pen of someone who likely would have had his own blog if he had lived in the Internet era. The words of Charles Dickens in this respect are as fresh today as if they had been posted this morning for the first time.
Business! Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!
Have a safe holiday. Remember your good fortune and, if you can, please bring some comfort to those who have not been so lucky. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, along with the men and women, and their families, who are answering their country’s call for service in far off lands so that others may enjoy freedom and democracy and live in tolerance and peace. These are among the most precious gifts of this or any time.
Finlay ON Governance will return with its Annual Year End Awards for the high and low points in governance and leadership for 2007. You won’t want to miss it.