But there is a bigger reason why I put a focus picture with this blog. This for me is a complete year of focus. In April I will be sixty years of age and entering territory I never expected to witness. Readers of my books will know I fully expected to be dead by now because of drink and never reach such a milestone, so I will be focusing on what I plan to achieve over the next ten years. My wife and I now live in London (as of a month ago) and we are already planning trips to every museum, gallery, and event of note with a view to learning new things and exploring new interests. I might even decide to start a doctorate.
It is also my fifth year of not drinking and I feel so wonderful and happy with life I now expect and hope to live until I reach 100, God willing, and all because I made that momentous decision to quit alcohol.
I received so many nice comments and letters over Christmas from people who have read my books and who I have been able to help, that I will also be focusing on doing far more to help this year. Not only will that include a new book and an on-line course, but I also hope to run a whole series of free one hour sessions around London to help motivate others to quit alcohol. Some of these are already being organised through the local library network wellbeing sessions. I will also make myself fully available to help through other worthy organisations such as Club Soda.
But I also want to learn more about myself this year. I want to make sure I understand why I am here on this planet, what I can do to make every second worthwhile, and what I can do to ensure that when I move on one day I can look back and know I have added value and brought some happiness to the lives of others. If you think about it that will require a lot of focus to achieve – it also requires time and a clear and peaceful mind, two things that alcohol never allowed me.
I hope you too can find the time and the mind-set to focus on what you really want in life - if you have already decided to cut out the booze then at least you have made a fantastic start. Good Luck.